Sony Permanently Bans ‘PS3 Hackers’

Sony has begun taking steps to secure the PlayStation Network to deal with the threat of the PS3 lv0 boot loader key leak and the ability for hacked consoles to play online alongside legitimate users. The company issued a statement revealing that it had begun banning users it found to violate its "'System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System' and the 'Terms of Services and User Agreement' for the PlayStation Network/Sony Entertainment Network and its Community Code of Conduct provisions." The company said in its statement that this move was to fight against "unauthorized software for the PlayStation 3 system was recently released by hackers." These bans are being described as "permanent" bans.

In addition, for those custom firmware users who have not been banned yet, Sony is offering a way of out of the wilderness:

"To avoid permanent termination, consumers must immediately cease using and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems."

Source: Eurogamer

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    Balance says:

    Neither Sony nor you get to hide behind "hackers". "Hackers" is not a dirty word. Hackers are not automatically evil, or even in the wrong, despite the best efforts of corporate behemoths and overweening governmental agencies to coopt the term for their own purposes. What's wrong with–for example–modifying a device to retain access to a feature the device was advertised as providing, and which you expected to use when you bought the device in good faith? That's hacking.

    If you choose to look, you can actually find companies that don't do this sort of thing to their customers. Amazing, I know. You can buy games that don't have DRM, from companies that don't try to compromise your computer security at every turn. You can play games on your PC, on which you are–for the moment, at least, unless Microsoft gets their way with Windows 8–allowed to install any software you please, and even swap out and modify hardware.

    More specific to this instance, this is not "every game developer and console maker". This is Sony. They have a long history of abusing any trust extended to them. Their consoles just provide them with more direct and frequent opportunities to do so.

    I'm not saying that people should be anti-DRM fanatics, necessarily (though DRM is bad in several senses, IMHO). I'm saying that people should punish this particularly spiteful, petty, untrustworthy company by closing their wallets and going elsewhere.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Depends on what theseh ackers weredoing with their knowhow. They could easily have been avoiding paying. Not for online services since most of the mare free.

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    greevar says:

    This is probably not the best move since their electronics division has their neck in the noose right now thanks to their recent junk credit rating. They need all the paying customers they can get.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Wouldn't that just mean we should never buy any gaming procut from anyone ever then? Because ever game developer and console maker can do this.

    And maybe you missed the part where these guys were hackers.

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    Balance says:

    It would be nice if people would (correctly) interpret this as a sign that they should never, ever buy anything from Sony again, because they will not be allowed to actually own the item they "purchase". Sony reserves the right to break their products at any time.

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    SeanB says:

    Depends on how you look at it. If I install legal, 3rd party software on my PS3, to simply allow it to access NTFS devices and play more video formats, Am i still a legit consumer?

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    Imautobot says:

    Now if only Microsoft would offer some kind of less than permanent ban for those who got their consoled banned from XBL while trying to fix out of warranty hardware.  But I suppose this is just another scam to sell more hardware.  It's not like RRoD was that big of a deal or anything.  And if a customer with RRoD got banned while attempting a repair, this is a great opportunity for Microsoft to double the numbers of consoles in the wild.  It would be a lie, but it wouldn't be the first time a corporation has lied to serve it's own self interest.

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