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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. WmSDubStep's Avatar
      WmSDubStep -
      Seriously, we pay over 200 or more for these stuff. We should be able to do what we like with it.
      I know it's the law, but it's pathetic. It's like selling someone an Orange and telling them what to do with it..
    1. illusion986's Avatar
      illusion986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by WmSDubStep View Post
      Seriously, we pay over 200 or more for these stuff. We should be able to do what we like with it.
      I know it's the law, but it's pathetic. It's like selling someone an Orange and telling them what to do with it..
      All they are doing is prohibiting the orange from singing in to their network.
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      This would be a mistake for Apple to do. People love the iPhone but more than any other technology, it definitely has some major limitations that are unavoidable without jailbreaking. The core jailbreaking community would likely move on
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      I really hope sony goes out of business thanks to this. This is total idiocy.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Another reason to have an XBox...
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      I had no intensions of pirating games. I just wanted to install Windows 7 so I can have a better range of codecs and use emulators to play classic games. But since I'll be forced to buy a second PS3, best believe I'll pirate 5 games or so till I break-even...!
    1. will822's Avatar
      will822 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Another reason to have an XBox...
      You do realize MS does the same thing right? Idiot fanboys.
    1. kainisable's Avatar
      kainisable -
      I hacked my PS3 but im not going to power it up until theres a sure way we can't get banned from PSN
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      Unless there is a way for the PSN to identify if the system is in fact hacked, couldnt the customer just go buy another PS3 , hack that one and sign in under a different username that isnt banned?

      I mean, If the hackers have the private keys, cant they make it look like its a legit instance of a game? Maybe Im not grasping this whole situation...
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      Quote Originally Posted by will822 View Post
      You do realize MS does the same thing right? Idiot fanboys.
      MS just bans your console from xbox live. I believe the Sony ban occurs on your account as well as your PS3.

      Maybe MS can't ban your account because it's a paid service?
    1. Teban's Avatar
      Teban -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      I had no intensions of pirating games. I just wanted to install Windows 7 so I can have a better range of codecs and use emulators to play classic games. But since I'll be forced to buy a second PS3, best believe I'll pirate 5 games or so till I break-even...!
      I'm pretty sure I haven't laugh so loud in a long time. Justice was never so funny.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Jailbreaking made the iPhone great and the same could happen to the PS3. Obviously any company wants to prevent piracy and I'd support Sony kicking pirates off their network but punishing those just looking to enhance their system is unfair.
      If the courts can deem jailbreaking an iPhone legal and fair use, then surely the same can happen for PS3's? Why can't the courts deem it legal and fair use for you to jailbreak any computer system you own?
    1. zturn13's Avatar
      zturn13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Another reason to have an XBox...
      If you use a HDD that is not approved but microsoft they can ban you if you hack in any way they can ban you at least sony lets me by a normal laptop hard drive and put it in and not charge thro the nose for a "special" hdd but this lifetime ban is stupid i thought jail breaking was legal now or is that just idevices??
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      I had no intensions of pirating games. I just wanted to install Windows 7 so I can have a better range of codecs and use emulators to play classic games. But since I'll be forced to buy a second PS3, best believe I'll pirate 5 games or so till I break-even...!
      Yeah, let's rob developers that have nothing to do with this!
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      I had no intensions of pirating games. I just wanted to install Windows 7 so I can have a better range of codecs and use emulators to play classic games. But since I'll be forced to buy a second PS3, best believe I'll pirate 5 games or so till I break-even...!
      This is my thinking as well.

      I still buy games though. But people put out such crap though. But I've gotten my justice as well when my first PS3 died for a faulty power supply. $600 went straight down the drain. I got love for Sony products but they can kiss my A**
    1. zturn13's Avatar
      zturn13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LastSonOfKrypton View Post
      MS just bans your console from xbox live. I believe the Sony ban occurs on your account as well as your PS3.

      Maybe MS can't ban your account because it's a paid service?
      no i do believe their tos says that your console and account will be banned with no refund my friend had to buy a new console and set up a new email to get a new account with xboxlive
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zturn13 View Post
      If you use a HDD that is not approved but microsoft they can ban you if you hack in any way they can ban you at least sony lets me by a normal laptop hard drive and put it in and not charge thro the nose for a "special" hdd but this lifetime ban is stupid i thought jail breaking was legal now or is that just idevices??
      It's not that special. It's a samsung hdd you can buy at most electronic retailers.
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      Sony can only ban your account not console at this point.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zturn13 View Post
      no i do believe their tos says that your console and account will be banned with no refund my friend had to buy a new console and set up a new email to get a new account with xboxlive
      Last I checked ms bans ur ip. So buying a new console won't fix it.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      As long as you use it offline I don't care but the annoying kids that use the jailbreak to do online hacks is damn right annoying. Sony should ban hackers and pirates and any other person that take their PS3 online.