What a remarkable chunk of hardware the PS3 is, it does games, Blu-ray, internet, video chat, helps cure cancer and now is using its little grey cell processers to catch perverts. Claude E. Davenport, a senior special agent at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Cyber Crimes Centre says,
“Bad guys are encrypting their stuff now, so we need a methodology of hacking on that to try to break password. The Playstation 3 – it’s processing component – is perfect for large-scale library attacks.”
By ‘library attacks’ he means using the PS3 to check the 281,474,976,710,656 possibilities of a six digit password, not that they are going to fling an armed PS3 in to a perverts book club.
The agency network of PS3s can process 4 million passwords a second and at $300 a console, much cheaper than the server combination they used previously. Once the PS3 network has cracked the code then the encrypted files can be used as evidence to catch the paedophiles.