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  • Sony Dishes Out 'Lifetime Ban' to Known Hackers

    This week, electronics giant Sony began dishing out lifetime bans to known PlayStation 3 hackers. The "ban" in question effectively bars any and all identified PS3 hackers from using Sony's online services for the rest of their lives. Pretty harsh, indeed. But over the course of the last 72 hours, countless PS3 hackers identified by Sony have begun receiving e-mail notices from Sony, a communication promptly followed by a full and irrevocable PlayStation 3 console ban. In order to avoid the dreaded Sony blacklist, hackers are required to "immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems."

    The writing, however, has been on the wall for some time. According to the official word on the PlayStation blog: "Violation of the system software license agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of international copyright laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently."

    Naturally, many are wondering if Sony's crackdown on hackers foreshadows how Apple will deal with iOS jailbreakers in the future, particularly with regard to the forthcoming 5th generation iPhone. Although there is no concrete evidence to confirm such theories, many believe Apple's hardcore crackdown on jailbreaking and unlocking will begin in earnest this year, effectively following the lead of Sony and others who refuse to play nicely with members of our community.

    According to coverage provided this week by CNET, "a majority of commenters" to Sony's blog heralding the lifetime hacker ban "seem pleased" by Sony's decisive action. "Thanks for acknowledging this officially. Good to know Sony is not just hoping that this goes away," one poster wrote, adding "Thank You Sony! Ban these punks!" On the other hand, there were adamant defenders of the prohibited behavior. "If Sony actually took the time to know what us (the consumers) wanted, maybe they would see less piracy," a hacker-friendly poster wrote. "I mean the whole reason hackers want to hack the PSP Go is to play games that are still only available in UMD only."

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sony Dishes Out 'Lifetime Ban' to Known Hackers started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 143 Comments
    1. Lurpticon's Avatar
      Lurpticon -
      Quote Originally Posted by creasy425 View Post
      Last I checked ms bans ur ip. So buying a new console won't fix it.
      No MS bans your consoles MAC Address. And that console can never be on Xbox live again. Your Gamer Tag is fine. Also MS made it so that yall your content on the HDD of a banned console is corrupted. So you can't use it on a nonbanned console. Take my word for it. I'm sitting on 3 banned 360's that are useless. So I did not mod the DVD firmware on my MW2 limited Edition console...lol
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Ok, I doubt Apple could do something like say: Because your device is jailbroken, we won't allow you to buy from iTunes. I say this because people would end up pirating the software on itunes all the time, which would cost both Apple and developers a lot of money.

      What these companies need to do instead is embrace the hacking, they could create an official way to hack your device and say that if you need warranty service, they will unhack it and remove all unauthorized software first, put it in a notice when you first try to hack the device, no surprises and it would be completely safe, they could do things to prevent piracy, even with the hacks and everyone is happy, except for pirates, who don't deserve to be happy anyway.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      this really sucks, they are really cracken down on this pirating thing hard. cant make things too easy but you cant dictate either, hard to find that right balance