Federal officials have put the PS3 to work breaking passwords on computer
equipment confiscated from suspected child pornographers, according to a story
released on the Scripps Howard Foundation wire.
Though they aren’t using the new PS3 Slim (since you can’t install Linux on
the new models) purchasing 20 old PS3 units is still about $8,000 cheaper than
the Dell servers C3 had used previously. The unorthodox console approach has
been so effective that agents are scouring eBay to find the best deal on another
40 consoles to round out their collection.