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Rumor: Sony to Remotely Disable JailBroken PS3s, PSN Bans?


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185w ago - Today JoyStiq (linked above) speculates that based on both a [Register or Login to view links] by Mr_Brit and a [Register or Login to view links] 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.


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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spark32's Avatar
#52 - spark32 - 185w ago
How do they send you messages if they are banned?

oVERSoLDiER's Avatar
#51 - oVERSoLDiER - 185w ago
A mate told me today that he received six (!) messages from friends who are PSN banned - since today, so they really make serious !

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#50 - dyceast - 185w ago
I hope they block PSN for everyone that uses a jailbroken ps3... I don't care, hacks would kill online gameplay...

On a side note, how would anyone even know sony disabled your ps3 (If its do-able)? for all we know, some hacker created a virus for open jailbroken consoles or something like that.

zer0kbps's Avatar
#49 - zer0kbps - 185w ago
I am sure this is illegal, if the console is being monitored before you sign in to PSN, you have not had the opportunity to accept this arrangement. Aside from all the other reasons, this is spying on legitimate customers, something that is illegal in the EU afaik.

Black & White the game did this call home trick and got some flak over it i recall.

If it occurs past the login to psn then that is fine as during initial signup you have to accept the agreement then.

Colnechris's Avatar
#48 - Colnechris - 185w ago
i don't use psn and I don't have my ps3 connected to the internet so short of coming to my house and breaking in theres somewhere in the region of nothing they can do.

Secondly, it's my ps3, i payed for it on release day and I have spent a shed load of my hard earned cash on it. Now I enjoy the power of the ps3 thanks to the clever chaps who hacked it. Everything gets hacked and everything will. By rival companies, by pirates and even by mistake in the odd occasion. The fact is its a part of life.

Sony should look at that other company that has the highest selling condole of all time, you know the one, some sort of station 2 type thing...

Oh wait, that was sony aswell, one of the most hacked consoles and one of the most successful.

Hacking = good if you work with and not against. History shows this.

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