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Post by Dan @ 12:45pm 14/11/12 | 9 Comments
In what appears to be the first public acknowledgement from Sony on the recent progress made by hackers to once again defeat security measures of the PlayStation 3 --re-enabling homebrew software and pirated games on the latest firmware revisions, as well as PlayStation Network access on exploited machines-- the company has issued a new consumer alert, offering pirates an amnesty to cease their swashbuckling ways before the banhammer comes down (thanks Eurogamer).
Unauthorized software for the PlayStation®3 system was recently released by hackers. Use of such 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/Sony Entertainment Network and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.

Violation of the System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation®3 system invalidates the consumer's right to access that system. Consumers running unauthorized or pirated software may have their access to the PlayStation®Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services through PlayStation®3 system terminated permanently.

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

In order to help provide a safe, fair, online environment, consumers who we believe violate "Terms of Services and User Agreement" for the PlayStation®Network/Sony Entertainment Network or the applicable laws or regulations of their country or region risk having access to the PlayStation®Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services terminated permanently.
The key point of the announcement is that PlayStation owners currently running the security-defeating custom firmware software are seemingly being given an opportunity to repent in order to avoid an expected wave of permanent PSN bans for offending consoles.

Of course, many console pirates won't be too fussed about the loss online multiplayer afforded by PSN access, but it is nice to see Sony offering fair warning for curious modders that may not understand the full ramifications of their decision to install modified console firmware.

The current custom firmware hacks for the PlayStation 3 are restricted to a small population older consoles that are still on v3.55, but it is expected to be only a matter of time that exploits are discovered for newer revisions now that the mod community has greater low-level access via their older systems.












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kappa
Posted 12:55pm 14/11/12
They'd be doing you a favour. PSN is s***.
paveway
Posted 01:08pm 14/11/12
except of course if you like to buy games/dlc and play multiplayer..
kappa
Posted 01:12pm 14/11/12
Compared to live I meant
ravn0s
Posted 01:39pm 14/11/12
you pay for live and it's full of ads.

i've never used the PSN so this wouldn't bother me if i had a hacked console.

paveway
Posted 01:45pm 14/11/12
why wouldn't you connect your ps3 up to get game updates and access to demos and s***?
ravn0s
Posted 01:58pm 14/11/12
there's no need for those when you only purchase 1 console game per year.
Midda
Posted 02:10pm 14/11/12
They'd be doing you a favour. PSN is s***.

Yeah, $70 a year for free games every month, how s***. You're much better off paying the same for Xbox Live just for the privilege of playing online.
natslovR
Posted 02:28pm 14/11/12
You don't need to connect to SEN to get get game updates, they are outside of SEN.

My mate's PS3 is running the 4.30 CFW but 'Home' is not installed. So when you start a game you just reject its attempts to sign you in to SEN and then play offline, but it will still download and update to the latest patches for that game if you want.

If you are running 3.55 CFW then you can't take online patches because you need to download them separately and re-sign them with the 3.55 keys.

by you i mean your mate.
Whoop
Posted 06:39pm 14/11/12
Oh crap, now I'm in trouble. I guess I better get rid of all m...... oh that's right, I dumped sony years ago so this doesn't affect me one damn bit. lolz.

also as if hackers won't find a way around it anyway. I trust sony will remember this as the day they ALMOST caught Captain. Jack. Sparrow.
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