Home servers could be forced offline by hackers?

British newspaper The Daily Telegraph has added its two cents to the tragic tale of PlayStation Home hacks.

If the paper is to be believed, "developers" have teased out loopholes in the code which allow them to customize their avatars, personal spaces and other paraphernalia beyond the presets. So, for instance, hackers might utilise "a combination of the Apache web server and DNS re-direction" to watch their own movies on display screens within Home, or change bits of text and music around. Another hack allows users to download files from the servers, including other people’s avatars.

We reported on much of these more cosmetic exploits yesterday, but the Telegraph claims to have stumbled on something rather more serious: a security breach which lets "tech-savvy" console jockeys delete files from the servers and upload their own. This would allow less scrupulous users to spread malware and viruses, or even launch "sustained attacks on the virtual world’s servers to force it offline." Yikes.

The Telegraph doesn’t provide a source for any of this, and sounds a wee bit unfamiliar with the terminology (since when have "hackers" been called "developers"?). Still, keep your eyes and ears open for suspicious activities, Home inhabitants.