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Sony starts banning PS3 jailbreak users

Dozens of PS3 jailbreak users have been banned from the PlayStation Network this morning, following on from an official statement released by Sony last night.

According to users on a popular hacking forum, SCE has started contacting individuals it has identified as jailbreak users to notify them of an impending ban from PSN.

The e-mail reads:

"A circumvention device and/or unauthorized or pirated software currently resides on your PlayStation(R)3 system. Immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from your PlayStation(R)3 system. Failure to do so will result in termination of your access to the PlayStation(R)Network and access to Qriocity(TM) services through your PlayStation(R)3 system."

Jailbreak users who have not successfully removed the offending software from their PS3 consoles have since had their PSN account banned, with the message, "you cannot use the PlayStation Network with this account (8002a227)" being prominently displayed on screen.


Defiant jailbreak users reportedly recieved the following e-mail:

Notice: Access to the PlayStation(R)Network and access to Qriocity(TM) services through your PlayStation (R)3 system has been terminated permanently due to the use of unauthorized circumvention devices and unauthorized or pirated software on your PlayStation(R)3 system.

This use violates the terms of both the "System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation(R)3 System" and the "Terms of Services and User Agreement" for the PlayStation(R)Network/Qriocity(TM) and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. In the unlikely event that this termination was in error, contact your local consumer support centre.


Last night, Sony released a statement notifying PS3 owners "we are protecting our business and preserving the honest gameplay experiences".

The furore follows news earlier this year that Hacker George 'Geohot' Hotz had finally cracked open the deepest layers of the PS3's defence against running unauthenticated code, leaving the machine wide open to homebrew and piracy.

Sony's since stepped up legal action against Hotz and a court has ordered him to surrender his hard disk.

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Hackers found away around the ban by using software that can change their console's ID not only does this allow them to change their ID's but also has the ability to get a legit owners console banned by Sony. Think of this as PS3 identity theft, so just like you wouldn't just give out your SS#, credit card# etc... to anyone the same rules apply to your PS3 never tell anyone your console's ID.

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I have been reading through various gaming forums either that I'm a part of or just lurking, and what makes me laugh is this notion that people should be allowed to still log on to PSN with a jailbroken PS3. I have a feeling that a lot of these people that are complaining are not homeowners........there's someone reading this saying what does being a homeowner have to do with a PS3? Even owning your home which you have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for, doesn't mean you can do what ever you want you still have to follow all building codes and laws. The same applies here as well, with every firmware update you downloaded you agreed to the rules set forth by Sony and what they are simply saying fine keep your jailbroken PS3 but you won't be allowed onto PSN.

One more thing before I go Sony e-mailed those offenders prior to the ban to remove the offending software from their PS3 and those who refused had their service terminated.
 

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I haven't played my PS3 for a while just because the hacked lobbies were irritating. I might have to play again if sony has finally got it under control. Hackers are horrible. They have ruined games for many people.
 
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