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January 27, 2011 // 9:31 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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#85 - System Repairs - January 28, 2011 // 12:32 pm
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Great news. I hate those cheaters. They just ruin the game for everyone else.

#84 - NoZart - January 28, 2011 // 12:24 pm
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What the hell is prestige hacking? Just do get those emblems, ore are there gameplay things tied to it?

#83 - hacktek - January 28, 2011 // 12:23 pm
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Agree fully, screw online cheaters.

I played last night on 3.55 using bypass and it worked, i'll try tonight too.

#82 - mrgreaper - January 28, 2011 // 12:19 pm
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does mean that we should avoid using backups of black ops though (even unedited ones)

still i can live with having to get up to hunt my blackops disc lol

#81 - ninjanutta2 - January 28, 2011 // 11:52 am
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it looks like its only cheaters which is brilliant imho, them idiots ruin online gaming for everyone because they are too crap to earn the ranking fairly.

I'm 100% behind the decision of treyarch to have zero tolerence for prestige hacking.Its also a really good indication that we wont be getting console bans from psn because if they were going to do it,they would have done it right now, it's just on a per game basis for being a twat that has to cheat.

treyarch, i salute you. And thanks for the heads up because i'm pretty sure there wont be full psn console bans for cfw now or they would have started with these fools that ruin blackops, i guess in a strange way, it's actually good news for the rest of us that play fair. flame all you like but i know 99% of people will agree with what i'm saying.

#80 - kprz24 - January 28, 2011 // 11:50 am
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Ok so how has anyone been banned for like doing glitches and shit in private matches and no bans for cfw right, but what about playing a clean backup online and using the dns trick?

#79 - g8crapachino - January 28, 2011 // 10:49 am
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Oh please, those people claiming they did nothing wrong and don't know why they were banned knew exactly what they were doing. Convenient excuses like "I loaned my PS3 to a friend, he did it" are hardly plausible after that excuse has been heard multiple times.

#78 - xplozion - January 28, 2011 // 10:28 am
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No one on CFW is getting banned. Only Cheaters... The servers track every single match you have played and if your XP doesn't match their data then you get BANNED. Simple as that people.

Can't you see the master server keeps record of EVERYTHING can compare savedata and stuff!!

I been in CFW playing COD every single day and no Banhammer here

#77 - barrybarryk - January 28, 2011 // 10:20 am
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That's the most interesting bit of this news, it looks like Sony are still reluctant to PSN ban consoles as treyarch had to implement the ban themselves to keep their game clean.

#76 - SwordOfWar - January 28, 2011 // 10:17 am
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They warned that glitchers and cheaters would be banned from the game and now it happened.

Kids, this is what happens when you cheat with online multiplayer. Let this be a lesson and be glad it's not a PSN ban.