One such game was Metal Gear Online (MGO), which shut down in 2012, four years after it launched. Yet in 2014, the game has been brought back to life by a group of ethical hackers, working under the SaveMGO banner.
Later this week one of the researchers, Joseph Tartaro from security consultancy IOActive, will detail the techniques his crew used to get Metal Gear Online back online for its fans to enjoy.
Tartaro, who will deliver his ‘Cyber Necromancy’ talk at the Brucon conference alongside fellow security technician Matthew Halchyshak, told the Guardian that as many as 80 people are playing MGO every day thanks to the group’s work. And he predicted that other games will be resurrected in the same way.
The group’s aim was to create a server that would effectively trick PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 consoles into believing they were speaking with the old official server. In the case of the PS3, the researcher believes this could be the first private server to host multipla...