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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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#75 - mrgreaper - January 28, 2011 // 4:09 pm
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if its only cheaters then YAY! thanks for the replies guys.

#74 - WwDesi - January 28, 2011 // 4:04 pm
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yeah guys it's safe to play it's only the cheaters who are getted banned. i am playing online. why would you want to cheat online for what babies can't take the piss of losing lolz

#73 - barrybarryk - January 28, 2011 // 3:22 pm
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no it's only cheaters, games run in a sandbox and wont have the privileges to check if you're running cfw (there's no way sony would let 3rd party devs peek and poke the system memory, it'd be moronic).

ONLY CHEATERS NOT CFW USERS. like a dozen people have said.

#72 - mrgreaper - January 28, 2011 // 3:09 pm
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wait so is this PSN ban or Blackops ban?

is this HACKERS only or all CFW users?

#71 - atlask2 - January 28, 2011 // 2:48 pm
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I've been ban too !

but i have 2 ps3 , i can replay with my account on my 60go.

#70 - anon777 - January 28, 2011 // 2:43 pm
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i thought it was a psn ban i was like wtf nooo but i didn't update my ps3 cuz my 3.56 update didn't come out yet ; ) so yay me i that if i updated and tryed to sign in i was to hit with the ban hammer lol

#69 - atlask2 - January 28, 2011 // 2:38 pm
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i've see the same problem yesterday :

#68 - ninjanutta2 - January 28, 2011 // 2:30 pm
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i'm not sure about the truths here, my son has played with his gamertag on my cfw ps3 and also plays on his unhacked ps3 with the disk, i don't think he got banned so it's got to be people cheating i reckon.

i agree fully with this but to ban someone who isn't prestige hacking and playing fairly on a non hacked ps3 with the disk is really out of order. i will find out later because his ps3 is at his mums so i cant check, i will report back as i know more.

#67 - AJV171 - January 28, 2011 // 2:19 pm
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Just tested with the bypass, I am online and fine. I think I can confirm this is for cheaters and hackers of Black Ops online only.

#66 - Tepoo - January 28, 2011 // 2:07 pm
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it's correct that they do this. if people wanna cheat, they should cheat at singleplayer. but cheating in multiplayer is the best proof that for beeing a tard.

cheating in multiplayer and getting a high rank trought this, only shows that they would never get a chance without hacks. and thats only sad.

(If someone cant handle those idiots, just play another game, me formyself only playing games where are no exploits)