PS3 Hackers Respond to Sony’s Threats

By: Chris Richardson - February 18, 2011

Earlier, Sony threatened those who hack their PlayStation 3s with permanent banishment from their Playstation Network.  Naturally, some of these would-be hackers didn’t take too kindly to Sony’s threats, and have responded with perhaps another hack that threatens to make a mockery of Sony’s method of punishment.

According to a post at, some PS3 hackers have found a way to exploit an security hole that allows them to unban the banned accounts.  Not only that, but this exploit will allow these same hackers to actually other PlayStations, provided the pertinent information is available.

Kevin Butler, PS3

Destructoid has more:

The hack can also be used to ban another console, although they’d need access to that console’s ID, which would have to be obtained from a refurb warehouse/secondhand seller or willingly given up by an idiot. 

The mod scene is justifying its actions by calling Sony bullies and criticizing its strong-arm tactics. Sony, of course, is sticking by its EULA and claiming to protect its interests.

Clearly, the battle between hackers and Sony isn’t going away anytime soon.  In fact, the hacker community wasn’t the only group to respond to Sony’s threats of permanent banishment.   Over at the Inquirer, they took a decidedly different approach to their response than the one posted on WebProNews earlier today.

A quick glance at the title demonstrates the Inquirer’s stace quite well:

"INQUIRER readers tell Sony what it can do with its network"

As a supporter of ownership rights, that approach is understandable.  The very notion of a company telling you what to do with a product after you’ve purchased it is hard to swallow; but then again, no one wants to play with cheaters either. This isn’t to say all PS3 hackers are going to install aimbots and grief every legitimate player they come across. 

Nevertheless, Sony has to be address those that do, and if banning them from the PlayStation Network is what they decide, so be it.

Provided the worm/hack Destructoid discussed is capable of doing what they say, I have little doubt PS3 owners will be asked to update their console yet again.  Obviously, this little "Sony versus the hacker community" war is setting up to be the gift that keeps on giving.

Chris Richardson

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  • The Future of Sega

    This sh*t is getting annoying now! I’m sick of updating with useless updates and I’m sick of hackers cheating in multiplayer games.

    • Chris Richardson

      We have a winner, folks.

  • Raymie

    When you buy something…it is theft for the previous owner to tell you what to do with it…as Sony and Microsoft will soon learn…EULA…means nothing once it is purchased it is not rented but purchased…someone’s attorney is going to rip these giants a new one…can’t wait…don’t tell me what to do with my equipment…you sold it…I will do what I feel is right for it…and I will stay off your network…maybe these hackers should build their own network servers then Sony won’t have a say at all…and hacking machines will be the new wave of the future…did you see what I did with this game…crazy and amazing…think about the future.

    • Chris Richardson

      However, Sony HAS to have steps to deal with cheaters, whether they are using a hacked console or not….

    • Guest

      is your system but not your software and why are you bitching if you singed and agreement the eula is not meaningless is a contract that protects the company from thieves and people who always try to screw the ones who have money plus they own the software and every game that you buy has the same agreement so you don’t own the rights to the game and if you copy it you are stealing

  • Guest

    well not really yes it is your ps3 you can do what ever you want with it like smash it ,take it apart,sell,it ect. but when you want to connect online well thats sony that why they have a licence agreement it’s their server and they can pretty much do whatever they want with it and with the people who use it.

  • Guest

    The very idea of Microsoft, or Sony telling the consumer what they can do or not do with their product once we payed them for it is similar to getting in a car crash and GM sewing you for changing the design! This is completely absurd that anyone would even contemplate placing a restriction on something of this matter!

    • Guest

      Do you mean because you modified your XBox or PlayStation that they have no right to ban you from their network. So if you buy a PC you can break into a bank website? You can break into the department of defense? I can steal stuff because i own a PC? Is this right? Because what you want to do is modify your 360 or PS3 and get free games and then load up you aimbot and deny people the ability to enjoy online gaming. Well those games or networks are not yours, only the gaming system. So yes they can tell you what to do with their network. If GM car was modified to make onstar unsafe for everyone because you hacked the network, you better believe they could win that lawsuit along with everyone else that was harmed.

  • Guest

    Obviously, these people (hackers and otherwise) believe that ignorance is a defense. It’s all right there in the contract for EVERY firmware update and when you sign online for the first time. If you DON’T agree to Sony’s terms, DON’T hit the “I agree” or “I accept” button! It’s that simple. All that information is in the FIRST paragraph of the contract! Maybe this will teach people how important reading is. Nah, I’m giving people too much credit, again.

  • PS3user

    Sony has the rights to ban Hacked PS3 of their network if somebody does not play fair, yes you did buy the hardware but not the network since the network is not yours to control, its is sony’s network and they have full control over it. So if you have a hacked PS3 then they can ban you from the network since you not playing fair and they only want pure PS3’s on their network and gues what Microsoft is doing the same thing but i dont know why Hackers are more pissed at sony when microsoft was doing this for a lot longer time then sony did

  • Guest

    I remember a great little home computer called Amiga, it had sound and graphics while PC users were listening to beeps and squeaks and barely had 8 colors. Hackers destroyed the Amiga. I also remember a great young upstart machine called Xbox, hackers took it out too. Sorry but you own the machine but Sony owns the network. If you use hacks to get into the network they are well within their rights to ban you. Just because i own a PC does not give me a right to affect my banks website or hack into a game server and ruin play for everyone. If you want to hack your own system then so be it, I support it 100%. Once you use that hack for theft of service or theft of games then you are affecting me.

    Remember playing on line is an agreement between you and Sony, you do not own anything past that machine.

  • Guest

    Ban them they may want to cheat, because that’s all hacking is, but it ruins the game for those of us that play within the rules. If they want to be able to change the rules as they see fit because they cant run with the big boys create a multiplayer version where they can, that way everyone wins.

  • Guest

    It may be one topic, but it seems a few issues are stemming from it.

    1) piracy- anyone who ever ripped a mp3 or movie file from a torrent, or worse yet, a friend can just stop talking right now.

    (2. Cheating- I’ve seen a youtube video of some little 6 year old, I think, using some cheats on some call of duty game probably due to the hacks. Though the hacks are available, I doubt that this little kid was able to produce these cheats on his own. I seriously doubt those cheats were created after the hack sprang loose. Get it? The cheats and cheaters have been around online longer than the hacks. Even if you remove the hacks, I don’t see this going away anytime soon.)

    (3. These hacks won’t ruin the ps3, it will not destroy it anymore than the xbox or wii hacks. I’m going back to piracy now; the xbox and wii have been hacked long before the ps3. They still continue to be hacked if not for the older games that may never see a re-release or for games they just don’t want to buy. Both the xbox and wii are both doing well, they still continue to sell more than the ps3, people are still buying games regardless. Put the fear to rest. I can’t say for sure, but I would hope playstation users are not so rabid as to torrent every single file they could before purchasing it.)

    (4. One other issue that has some similarities worth looking into is the psp versus ds. Both were hacked for piracy, though the psp could host some game libraries from older consoles too. The ds did fine due to its customers, sony has very “passionate” customers and the psp did fine too. The psp didn’t die out, games are still being made for it. )

    one final thought. when reading up on the original article posting about that conference where the ps3 keys were released. I read that the ps3 ( don’t know the specifics) uses the same key, by changing it would lock out all older games. If you took off otherOS, why not release a midpoint system- another upgrade to the ps3 that locks out those older games, still has the otherOS, and uses more than one key? a ps3.5 using the same technology. It might sting a few people to upgrade again, but after all those updates you underwent the last 2 months, not much has changed and the “threat” is still out there.