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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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#55 - BlingOnMyWrist - January 28, 2011 // 8:29 am
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Those responses all seem like complete bs. Although, I just ordered a used Slim off Amazon yesterday and goddamn I hope it wasn't used for any hacking.

Otherwise, is it possible to format the HDD to restore your system? Or is it tied to your MAC?

#54 - young blade - January 28, 2011 // 8:28 am
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I only got something against cheaters.. not against hackers.. the system needed to get hacked to open the full potential of the system..

Now I'm am fully enjoying my ps3 system with 1TB HD

#53 - oVERSoLDiER - January 28, 2011 // 8:19 am
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Good one ! Hope not only 15th prestiga hackers get banned but rather all hackers get !

#52 - scousetomo - January 28, 2011 // 7:56 am
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these people spoil the game for the normal user but there is nothing worse than someone shooting you as you die and spawn popping you one in the back.

#51 - Mag1c1an - January 28, 2011 // 7:51 am
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At last the cheaters and hackers get what they deserve. It is a shame it has taken so long, now if only they could sort out all the MW2 hacked lobbies and i might be able to start playing again.

#50 - neutralobserver - January 28, 2011 // 7:41 am
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So people who were cheating got permanently banned. This is good news. Yay for the banhammer!

#49 - KentaZXA - January 28, 2011 // 7:29 am
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so wait. its only people who ACTUALLY cheated in black ops are getting banned? (some people might be acting innocent and their probably lying that they didnt cheated and got banned as some people said here)

i'm on CFW Kmeaw havent updated yet, but i have the legit/bought copy of black ops (preordered it) so if i go online, will i get banned? i hope not. cuz it would suck not being able to play with my buddies anymore.

#48 - cdfigueroa83 - January 28, 2011 // 7:15 am
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Sony can kiss my butt, greedy people!

#47 - PS4 News - January 28, 2011 // 7:01 am
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This was posted in the 3.56 thread, but I will post it here as well... the bypass methods temporarily work whenever new PS3 Firmware updates are released but then a few days later Sony always blocks them again.

#46 - misterdogman - January 28, 2011 // 6:35 am
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Quote Originally Posted by Darkzero51521 View Post
What bypasses are you guys talking about

Yeah answer that guy^

How are people playing online with 3.55 kmeaw? we have to go edit some parameter to 1.05? Where and why? Someone explain again so I can try, because I have never cheated and have a legit B.O. ID anyway?