154w ago - Today JoyStiq (linked above) speculates that based on both a NeoGAF Tip by Mr_Brit and a Digital Foundry report Sony may be planning to remotely disable JailBroken PS3 consoles essentially banning them from PSN.
To quote: "Even if you've never signed up for a PSN account, your console will communicate with Sony servers every time it boots up.
That initial load process is used to upload error logs, download updates to the "What's New" module, and a list of recently-run applications, including any unauthorized backup manager software.
Sony has yet to ban any consoles for taking advantage of the jailbreak, but the terms and conditions of the PlayStation Network make it clear that Sony has the authority to carry them out.
Thanks to the system's constant self-reporting feature, "the company even has the means to irrevocably disable your console should it so wish," rendering affected PS3 consoles unusable, online and off. But will Sony ever use such a drastic measure? And if so, how will the hacker scene retaliate?"
From NeoGAF, to quote: "On boot the system contacts the server and uploads the play list etc. this list alone is enough to get anyone that goes online banned as it shows the bootmanger etc. has been running. Here is the list and what they do, I port sniffed this a while ago before I went online with a retail unit >.> because I am not stupid hehe.
fus01.ps3.update.playstation.net > Update Server (sys updates)
mercury.dl.playstation.net > What's new ads
nsx.np.dl.playstation.net > playstation store preview
nsx-e.np.dl.playstation.net > ads
(main file exchange connections)
us.np.stun.playstation.net > on boot initiates connection
ena.net.playstation.net > SSLv3 connection after above connection
dus01.ps3.update.playstation.net > secondary update attempt (could force updates)
auth.np.ac.playstation.net > SSLv3 authentication server
service.playstation.net (has multiple IPs if only the ip address is blocked)
creepo.ww.hl.playstation.net (uploads crash reports etc.)
Almost all connections cannot just be port blocked, the port will continue to increment until it connects, you have to block the entire domains. Also a big point is that ALL computers on your network need to have these blocked not just the PS3's MAC because if you are running a proxy for example to get patches, the computer you proxy to will just allow the connections right out to the open unless all local IPs are blocked from these sites as well.
Surprising absolutely noone it looks like Sony are detecting homebrew applications meaning that everyone who went on PSN with a jailbroken console can expect to be banned eventually. This is definitely not the only way that Sony can detect jailbroken systems so we'll never truly ever know if it's going to be safe to go online. That ban may come tommorow or it may come in 6 months time but it will almost certainly eventually come."
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It's a good fake if it is. I'm guessing that the info [name, mobile number] would have been acquired before the phone call was recording - thought that info would have been grabbed from an operator and then passed onto someone that might know info regarding account info. Hence the Jarrod - then Eric name mixup.
It's from Australia, which I would think would be one of the last to know, what is going on with the bans and such. Sony America would have a much better idea of upcoming bans, and they wouldn't tell some phone help guy the upcoming bans anyway.
Either the Sony rep really didn't know what was going on with the jailbreak/hacks/mod/bans or he wasn't able to inform the user. I'm leaning to the thoughts that the phone reps just work there, and are kept in the dark.
When I spoke to Aussie reps regarding xbox360 RROD, they basically read the info of a sheet on how to fix the console. I even told the bloke it was a 0102 error and yet he still wanted me to unplug the console and the hard drive.
It is fake. Anyone who has ever called PS support knows that they always ask for your name, address, phone number and PS3 serial number pretty much straight off the bat - even if you don't want to give it to them they still ask.
Yes it does bud, but once its been formatted in that same ps3, you can swop it out with another drive and it will format that drive, then you can now swap back and forth them same drives, as many times as you like without the ps3 needing to format them again. Remember tho not to put said drives in any other ps3 as it will format it if you let it, but you know this.
ps. Sorry I forgot to mention if you put a new drive in and it formats it, when you put the original drive back in it will as for PSN passwords again for your xmb account if I remember right.