Sony Bans PlayStation 3 Hackers Forever

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News Posted: Thu, Feb 17 2011 11:53 AM
Do you own a PlayStation 3 console? If so, shut up, sit down, and do what you're told! Before you fire off an angry email, understand that directive's not coming from us -- we're just the messenger here, so please don't shoot -- but Sony, who admittedly didn't word things that way. What the company did do, however, was threaten PS3 hackers with a lifetime ban.

"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," Sony posted on its official blog.


To avoid this from happening, PS3 owners must "immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems." Or toss it up on CraigsList and get an Xbox 360.

It's not clear when exactly Sony plans to start bringing down the ban hammer, only that it will. And if you see error 0x8002A227 on your console, then you've been banned, says Twitter user @Mathieulh.

This move is the latest in Sony's crusade against hackers. Sony recently won a temporary restraining order against George Hotz, or Geohot, who's jailbreak software makes it possible for PS3 owners to run unauthorized software on their console, such as backed up games and pirated copies. Prior to all this, Gotz was best known for making it easy to jailbreak the iPhone. Sony's case against Hotz is ongoing.


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If you think Sony's going to far, don't be surprised. This is same company which in 2005 thought it was a brilliant idea to install rootkits on people's PCs who tried to play certain Sony CDs. Not only was the software silently installed before the EULA ever showed up, but it didn't come with an installer and could be exploited by malicious software.
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coolice replied on Thu, Feb 17 2011 1:04 PM

you know what, i agree with this decision... the reason most people hack their systems is to pirate games.

the genuine hackers will be smart enough to play around with the hardware but not for illicit purposes... and now, chances are, they wouldnt go online with their consoles.

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We are talking about Sony here though. One of the companies with the worst history of how to treat your customers.

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I think this is a bad thing in general. While I don't condone hacking or pirating of games, this is really turning into what you as a customer actually own. So you paid 300-600 for this PS3. Where they have continually removed more and more from them. For example I cant use my PS3 the say way I could have when I bought it 4 years ago. At one time I had the ability to install a OS on the system, but it has been removed due to "security" reasons. So what actually do we own when we "buy" a console? 

It would be like buying a car and wanting to have something changes on the car such as tires and having the car company say you cant do that they are not the tires we sell... 

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some hacks (if there not pirating games/music) are good changes to a system if not needed i know many of the so called hacks of the Xbox kinda suck to play

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Honestly, you're connecting to Sony's network. It's not like they're bricking your PS3, just not letting you go on their network with it. It makes me so mad when idiots who got banned from Xbox Live were screaming at Microsoft and saying it was unfair. With Sony, its should be even less of an issue since you don't pay to use their servers at all.

I agree with coolice, there's really nothing wrong with the way Sony is doing it. They have to protect their market share, because games aren't free, and unfortunately, the good get bunched in with the bad, because there are so few hackers compared to pirates.

Also, why does that guy look like he has more than two arms on that picture?

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It would be like buying a car and wanting to have something changes on the car such as tires and having the car company say you cant do that they are not the tires we sell... 

only if we're talking about OS hacking, this analogy works. Pirating games, now that is an offense worth a lifetime ban. To use your car analogy, this would be like buying said car, going back to the dealership or other nearby dealerships and periodically and taking rims, engines, CD Players, steering wheels, etc from other cars on the lot whenever you feel like it.  to expect no punishment for those actions is ridiculous

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Feb 19 2011 11:26 AM

>> this would be like buying said car, going back to the dealership or other nearby dealerships and periodically and taking rims, engines, CD Players, steering wheels, etc from other cars on the lot whenever you feel like it.

Copyright Infringement does not equal theft (Dowling v. United States), no matter what the RIAA/MPAA/BSA would have you believe.

Your analogy is flawed, because copying software does not deprive the original owner of their copy.

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According to that ruling, yes I can't say Copyright Infringement is Theft. I'm sure there is a hot debate against that, and I would be for a change on that ruling.

In any case, if a person is pirating something then they should understand potential punishments when the original owner comes after them. The Supreme Court has backed rulings from lower courts on punishing those who pirate music (and i'm sure has been argued for games already; no need for that debate) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704584804575644610726717900.html

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Feb 19 2011 7:21 PM

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According to that ruling, yes I can't say Copyright Infringement is Theft. I'm sure there is a hot debate against that, and I would be for a change on that ruling.

In any case, if a person is pirating something then they should understand potential punishments when the original owner comes after them. The Supreme Court has backed rulings from lower courts on punishing those who pirate music (and i'm sure has been argued for games already; no need for that debate) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704584804575644610726717900.html

Oh, don't get me wrong:  I don't condone piracy.  I was just pointing out the lie that copyright owners continually spread as "education" to the masses.

The real problem with what Sony's doing is that they're banning people simply for having homebrew apps installed.  If I can write a program, sign it, and run it on my own PS3 - why should I be banned for that?  It's exactly what everyone used to be able to do before they removed the OtherOS function.

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