iPhone Rumors: iPhone Application SDK Key leaked?

Erica Sadun over at Tuaw is reporting that an anonymous tipster informed them about a website which seems to have revealed the iPhone’s SDK key. The news has been further confirmed by iPhone "Elite" developer Zibri’s blog post.

Erica has this to say about the significance of the key:

"Since all iPhone applications must be properly signed for iTunes to process them and for the iPhone to load them, this key suggests that hackers are closer to creating compliant IPA application bundles for home-brew iTunes distribution. With the proper key, developers can create and distribute applications that load through iTunes without Apple’s blessing."

Though I am not challenging the significance such a key could hold, I find it extremely hard to believe that the iPhone hackers have been able to crack it and then get away publishing it to the world.

Also even if we assume that the iPhone hacking geniuses have managed to get the key using Brute force, why would they publish it even before the SDK is released? It feels too stupid to be true.

What say folks?