Using Hacked PS3 Custom Firmware Results in Permanent Bans, Sony Says

Unauthorized software will result in permanent termination of PSN access

Sony has released an official statement about the recent custom firmwares released by hackers for its PlayStation 3 console, revealing that any customer who uses such software will see their PlayStation Network access be terminated permanently.

While the first few years of the PS3’s life were relatively trouble-free in terms of security, things got really hectic last year, as various hacker groups managed to uncover Sony’s confidential security keys and release special software that allowed the console to play pirated games.

While the issue was quickly solved by Sony with the release of a new official firmware, special LV0 decryption keys were leaked in recent weeks, allowing anyone to unpack Sony’s proprietary software and make modified firmwares for the PS3.

Now, Sony has released a statement about this issue, confirming that using such unauthorized software is in violation of the agreements signed by PS3 owners and will result in the “permanent termination” of a user’s access to PlayStation Network features.

“Unauthorized software for the PlayStation 3 system was recently released by hackers,” Sony revealed in a statement. “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.”

In order to avoid this permanent ban, PS3 owners must immediately stop using the unauthorized firmware and delete all of its traces from the PS3 consoles.

While the decision does seem a bit harsh, Sony is without a doubt still worried that decreased security of the PS3 could drive away potential customers.

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