Sony releases PS3 hack statement, promises mass banning

Sony has today released an official statement concerning “unauthorized circumvention” of the PlayStation 3, and promised repercussions of genocidal proportions. According to Sony, you have only a very brief period of time in which to remove any unauthorized devices and cheeky hacks from your PS3, or your account will be terminated.

Here is Sony’s full statement:

Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or 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/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.

To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.

Up until now, Sony has been very lax about the hacking and cheating that has plagued the PlayStation Network for years. Now it seems the company is finally putting a system in place to implement a spate of bannings similar to the ones Microsoft is famous for. 

In other words, SONY BE MAD! I really hope they know what they’re doing with the bannings, though. I foresee some innocents getting caught in the blitz, and a whole new pot of trouble brewing. Guess we’ll have to see!

Jim Sterling