I remember 15 years ago talking about the logical progression of gaming hardware and predicting that consumer demand would end up putting superior performance in the games consoles, and then they would then be used for “evil”.
The future is weirder than we can imagine.
Hot on the heels of the more esoteric hijacking of a gazillion parallel 4×3 matrix operations in video cards to crack passwords.. we have…
“Security researcher Nick Breese used a PS3 to crack supposedly strong eight-character passwords in hours.
In a presentation given at the Kiwicon security conference in mid-November, Mr Breese said a powerful Intel chip could crank through 10-15 million cycles per second.
The architecture of the Cell processor meant it could speed through 1.4 billion cycles per second.”
My next prediction is that every Iranian child will get a PS3 for of all things, Christmas, only to have them mysteriously taken away on New Years Day and installed in a giant underground bunker where they will be set to work simulating nuclear criticality. That, or the worlds largest Virtual Reality porn server farm.