The PlayStation Network being down has lead to a ton of rumors and speculation, and one of the main targets of suspicion yesterday, before it was revealed that a security breach was behind the outage, were the creators of the PS3 firmware replacement program called Rebug.
Rebug is geared toward adding the functions of a PS3 devkit to a retail console without losing retail features. Many speculated on the internet that security breaches enabled by modifying Rebug could have resulted in the PlayStation Network being taken offline by Sony.
In light of the real reasons for the Network being taken down, I asked the Rebug Team, creators of the software, whether the software could be used to steal users' credit card data or other personal info. "NO. NO. NO." They responded (via email). "Thanks to irresponsible media outlets and scene members a few different rumours have been started that have no truth."
According to the team, another untrue rumor about their software is that it allows users are to enter fake credit card data and add funds.
I asked the hackers whether Rebug could be used to get free content from the PlayStation Network, and was told: "Straight out of the box, No. Unfortunately a few days after Rebug’s release, tutorials and games lists started to appear explaining how it could be done."
"The holes that certain Rebug users are getting through could quite easily be fixed without downing an entire network both for developers and retail users worldwide," the hackers said. "We believe it is something more serious than Rebug."