Sony Issues Statement on PS3 Hacks, Promises PSN Bans

Sony Computer Entertainment America today issued an official statement via the PlayStation Blog concerning its policy on jailbroken PS3 systems connecting to the PlayStation Network. The short story: it’s a great way to get your account banned. First, the official notice from SCEA:

"Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence 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.

To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems."

Jeff Rubenstein, Social Media Manager for SCEA, expands on this a bit more, saying that honest users have nothing to fear. Those using Jailbroken systems, however, can expect to lose access to online play:

"By identifying PlayStation 3 systems that breach our guidelines and terminating their ability to connect to PlayStation Network, we are protecting our business and preserving the honest gameplay experiences that you expect and deserve.

Rest assured, this message does not apply to the overwhelming majority of our users who enjoy the world of entertainment PlayStation 3 has to offer without breaching the guidelines detailed above, and we urge you to continue doing so without fear."

Sony has been dealing with the leak of the PS3 security key on multiple fronts even before this very public notice: it started banning consumers online a few days ago, and has been dealing with hackers such as George Hotz and Fail0verFlow in court. Where it goes from here remains to be seen, but for the time being the PlayStation Network seems to be marked as "off limits" to anyone with a hacked PS3. We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.

You can read the whole thing here.

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