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January 27, 2011 // 9:31 pm - Previously the possibility of PSN bans was rumored for PlayStation 3 hackers, and today Ripten.com (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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#65 - 4DoorITR - January 28, 2011 // 7:51 am
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Did anyone actually stop and read the article and picture at all? It's just a TA ban and has nothing to do with CFW detection. This same thing happened with MW2.

#64 - ninjanutta2 - January 28, 2011 // 7:38 am
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is this for the idiots that are prestige hacking or for anyone using cfw?

#63 - Ownedboy - January 28, 2011 // 7:37 am
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first of all my 1st ps3 is on normal firmware 3.55, my second is still waiting for cfw at 3.41 so i can't test this but i found this at nextgen...
in order to prevent from getting console banned you must delete the black ops game data utility BEFORE you updated to 3.56, then when you update download the patch and you will only be banned on your hacked accounts, not console banned.... the reason i know this works is because there is so many of my friends and just people on here that were getting console banned (i looked on here before i updated) so i decided i would try deleting the patch and, it worked, i have about 10 hacked 15th accounts on my ps3, i didnt delete any of them, sorry that i didnt post this sooner...

and i have no black ops yet.

#62 - Tepoo - January 28, 2011 // 7:07 am
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The Excuses are so known :-D when i worked for a online Company, the users also said the same things when the got blocked :-D

"I let my friend playing!"
"My Sister was playing"
"A friend... blabla"

it's so funny to see the people whining when they realise that they failed :-)

never give cheaters a chance!

#61 - elser1 - January 28, 2011 // 6:07 am
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if you are PROVEN to be doing the WRONG thing then YOU DESERVE THIS.. if not then thats pretty bad from a public perception.

#60 - B4rtj4h - January 28, 2011 // 4:58 am
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Yeeeey ! Sony Strikes again! Time for us to do something back !... oh wait... we are BANNED -.-'... Hmm... glad i did a full reset on my PS3's here... and just in time i think.

For people that are banned. The MAC address + Serial are the 2 things it checks in its Database (as i heard). If you are running CFW... well you can change the MAC address. (spoofing). Problem here is that it starts with this "small" ban... i think we might say all the PS3's with CFW installed on them are going to be banned pretty soon.

I don't know if i am safe... I deleted every trace of a backup manager or copied game... (took HDD out and low-formated and overwrote all with 1 values... you know the drill.) Then i put it back in and did not patch it anymore... so 3.56 here... got 1 console left thats stuck on 3.41... could try that one for hacking. But still as said before: Wana play online? Go buy the game!

#59 - dondolo - January 28, 2011 // 4:16 am
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if you read on page 1, you'll notice a post of a banned console being with cfw BUT WITH THE RETAIL GAME on the blu-ray drive.

so they're not banning hackers/pirates, they're hunting CFW consoles, like someone did with witches a long time ago

#58 - nightshot - January 28, 2011 // 4:07 am
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I'm glad they are doing this, I have nothing against hacking the ps3 but if you wanna go play online then go buy the game, simple.

#57 - elessarsi - January 28, 2011 // 2:50 am
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Which bypass is working?

#56 - heartagram62 - January 28, 2011 // 2:35 am
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I got bored with Black Ops a long time ago but seeing this pleases me no end!