Sony Playstation 4 hackers release Linux version

A NOTOROUS hacking group has demonstrated what appears to be the first low-level hack of the Sony PlayStation 4.

The news comes as Sony engineers work on a crash affecting its entire network of services.

Fail0verflow has written a custom version of Linux for the console, and has made the PS4 Linux port publicly available on its website, gaming sites reported.

A video demonstration of the hack also shows the PS4 playing what appears to be a modded version of Pokemon Emerald, renamed as "Pokemon PlayStation Version.", Gamespot said.

Fail0verflow has been responsible for hacks of numerous consoles. Digital Foundry claims the group had previously hacked the Wii, Wii U, and PlayStation 3.

At the Chaos Communication Congress event in Hamburg, representatives for Fai0verflow published a five-minute video demonstrating the PS4 running a custom version of Linux.

The jubilant hackers exclaimed: "The Marvell engineers who designed the southbridge were smoking some really good stuff."

Companies like Sony will have concerns that such hacks will pave the way for pirated games.

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