PS Vita hack: Cobra Black Fin dongle, the future of piracy on the Vita, or just an elaborate hoax?
We mentioned the upcoming release of the Cobra Black Fin, a dongle that, the marketing material claims, will allow users to play PS Vita roms freely, provided they have access to an internet connection.
You can see the details on our announcement here.
People have started to double guess the announcement though. The device might not even be real, and this could very well be an elaborate hoax, according to some.
Cobra Black Fin: the email glitch
Several bloggers over at hackinformer say they have tried to contact the blackfin admins with no luck so far. There’s a weird glitch on the blackfin website: although their email reads “sales
— darkamon (@roccocannale) December 7, 2015
I have myself emailed the owners at sales
Cobra black Fin: who owns the website?
Diving into the owners of the site, a company named “PT Grupo Payment SA”, we find relations between the Cobra black-fin site, and team-cobra-ode.com (the official Cobra ODE site advertised on dongle reseller sites such as maxconsole.com). The same “company” owns these two sites and other less “high profile” sites.
It’s tough to make a call on this one, but it seems that the same people behind the Cobra ODE are indeed behind this product. Based on website ownership alone, I’m edging on the side of “this is true” rather than a hoax.
Cobra Black Fin: Product Video & Description
Last but not least, the video they published, as well as the pictures of the product and detailed explanations of the process, look like they’re going through a lot of pain if this was merely a hoax.
I usually chase the money. That website has no ads, no survey. There’s no financial reason for this to be an elaborate hoax, an I’d say they’re building up attention until the actual release of the product in December.
Whichever way it is, we’ll know soon enough, with their release date stated to be end of December. But so far, based on what we know, I’m inclined to say this product is very real.