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January 27, 2011 // 8:31 pm - Previously the possibility of PSN bans was rumored for PlayStation 3 hackers, and today (linked above) has confirmed that CoD: Black Ops PS3 hackers are now being hit with the PS3 Firmware 3.56 ban hammer.

To quote: Explained by Sony as a "security update" its effects are being felt by accused modders/hackers. CoD: BlOps hackers are getting hit hardest with a permanent console ban - many of whom have expressed their "innocence" on the official PS3 CoD: Black Ops Forums.

It's not limited to a few. There are dozens of threads about this topic. Here are just a few of their posts:

CaStR0_21: How long am I banned for? "This console has been permanently banned from the Black Ops servers....." Does this mean forever? Or will I be unbanned after awhile?

IssY_I : When i want to play black ops it says my console is banned permanently???i have payed 150$ for the Ps3 (i bought it yesterday (used) and just came home with a new copy of b-ops! but why is my system banned?

scaryscar6: I dont know what happened i was just playin it normally. i installed the patch and played for a while and I went to have my shower and when i came back i was permanently banned! Somone please get me unbanned! It might of been my frineds though because i lent him my ps3 a couple of days ago because his ps3 got YLOD...

prEston124: Today i got my account back finally an It wont let let me play online idk why it says prem ban i didnt do anything man i miss black ops well looks like i have to get a 360.

Imma_Wreck_You: Hi i understand all of then terms and conditions of playing call of duty black ops, but my PS3 has been banned.. and i dont understand why? there a few people here who play online in this house but none of us can anymore. how can i get some help? or who do i need to contact.

badderz1: Hi i have been banned for black ops when i click online it says you have been Prem banned from B.O but i didnt do anything to get banned what i did my m8 said he was 15th yea and i said let me go on ur acc then if ur 15th so i just went on his acc and he was 15th and then deleted the user then the next day when i went on my account that message came up my psn is FoRzA-MoNsTeR I am 6th prestige on B.o legit my KD is 1.79 and my wins to losses is 1.14 and a 124 winstreak i did not boost at all please unban me.

__EtMazizi__: I was playin Black Ops and seached for a game of search and destroy, i just prestiged 4 da 4th time and entered a modded lobby. Ileft straight away when i relised wat it waz next thing i no i banned and reset.Has this r something similair happened to u???

CoD: Black Ops Hackers Hit with PS3 Firmware 3.56 Ban Hammer

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#95 - avojps24 - January 29, 2011 // 5:27 am
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I got this from NGU.... to quote: "Treyarch just came out of some serious negotiations at Sony HQ and the legal documents they released are shocking. The DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) has recently been revised and apparently it gives Sony the ability to shut down our PS3s internally, read this from the legal docs:"

"In affiliation with Treyarch, Sony has decided to take affirmitive action against all users of Call of Duty: Black Ops that have engaged in console exploiting and unfair alteration of Sony firmware keys for personal use. Citing the newly revised edition of the DMCA under section 1-6 it states that under any violation of such offenses that Sony and any other electronic manufacturers whose devices have undertaken such actions are entitled to take any necessary actions to combat said threats.

Starting 2/1/11 all users of Black Ops who have been implicated with any sort of hacking will be unable to access their 'Playstation 3' consoles and will receive an error message indicating their ban. E-mails will be sent out accordingly to the respective users. At this time Treyarch as well as Sony are choosing to keep information away from the press in anticipation of the major upset, this right is reserved for them under the DMCA as well. As of today, upwards of 50,000 consoles are being prepared for the console ban."

"This comes from within the HDD of your PS3 and is unfixable but there may be a way around this in the future. This is all highly legal and they have backing from the DMCA so this is definetly going to happen."

looks like i'll be having my ps3 off on the first of FEB. what will you do?

#94 - KRaZE - January 29, 2011 // 4:52 am
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Bravo Sony! Bravo!!!

#93 - daveshooter - January 29, 2011 // 2:11 am
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I agree, but no one has been banned from anything connected to Sony yet. But yes I fully agree Sony can stop anyone using their service if they wish, as you said its free and they can stop it.

Like I said maybe the games groups are siding with them, who knows, and who cares, I know I don't. I think it's funny, and awaiting more PS3's coming my way on the cheap, as they always do, just like the 360's did.. ha ha ha ..

#92 - barrybarryk - January 29, 2011 // 1:48 am
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Sony doesn't need to win anything before they start PSN bans, they can ban people from PSN for any reason whatsoever whenever they see fit. No PS3 owner has a god given right to run free on PSN hacked PS3 or not. PSN bans aren't a legal issue.

The reason they haven't banned anyone yet for CFW or jbing is a mystery, but if Sony ever decided to ban cfw users no one has a legal leg to stand on, they are Sony's servers and they can allow on whoever they like.

#91 - daveshooter - January 29, 2011 // 1:41 am
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I agree with some of this Bud. But forgive me if I'm wrong Sony have to win the case 1st, about this CFW, and homebrew stuff, before their start putting the down hammer.

Like I have said before, its to soon, even the Japaneses forums are saying the same. Its coming but not yet. It all stands on the outcome from the court case, how they fire back that is, they may have to win 1st before they can ban you, me, us for something that the law has not yet said is illegal. so as it stands Sony are on thin ice at the moment, and relying on the games groups to side with them and ban you for them.Thats how I see it.
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Sony must of had something to do with this, they had to authorize it.

I did think the same but, I have learned that this may not be the case because 3rd party game servers have a right to ban anyone from their servers as they see fit, if they believe that none cheating game players are hindered in any way from unethical game players, hackers and cheaters.

#90 - msr - January 28, 2011 // 11:23 pm
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Sony must of had something to do with this, they had to authorize it.

#89 - tonybologna - January 28, 2011 // 9:34 pm
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Guys: If you think this will turn out to be ONLY a COD cheaters ban then you better start re-thinking again. This case here might just be a case of banning cheaters but more is on the way.

Can I guarantee it? No! However, I believe Sony is pulling out all stops over this PS3 hack. They're going nuts! Taking down CFW developer sites. Going after Geohot & failoverflow.

They're just losing their minds. We don't know what they're capable of doing in regards to bans from PSN. This shows they can do more already than what most have stated. I just got a feeling. More than banning cheaters is coming out of this. I just really believe that!

#88 - daveshooter - January 28, 2011 // 8:46 pm
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Am I missing something? Where does it say it's form Sony or show anything to do with Sony? This is from Treyarch. Also it's my understanding, Activision Raven Software, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, among others have a big hand with Treyarch, and Sony is not one of them.

So I think it's them thats pissed with the so called hackers. Or script kiddy's as the DEV's would call them, not Sony. Anyway its their servers your banned from, not Sony's servers ?

SONY ARE NOT BANNING ANYONE FOR ANYTHING! well that's what I think, it's to soon for them at the moment.

#87 - msr - January 28, 2011 // 8:13 pm
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Too right, cannot stand the game, sony should in there rights stop people playing backups online and cheating. That's fair.

#86 - zzaz3 - January 28, 2011 // 7:50 pm
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lol, all those douche bag cheaters are trying to play dumb! Just accept what you guys deserve!