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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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#35 - Darkzero51521 - January 28, 2011 // 5:06 am
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What bypass allows you to play online with firmware 3.55? I'd like to see if im banned. And i really don't think my friend would even know how to hack his COD saves, i had to put his CFW on his ps3 for him because he isn't a technical user.

#34 - dulal - January 28, 2011 // 4:57 am
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that's good those freaking cheaters deserve this and all those Innocent statements are bullshit they know they cheated they just wanna act innocence typical human things that everyone does including me so yah i am glad they banned those cheaters so people who actually are legit can have fun.

#33 - fantasypower999 - January 28, 2011 // 4:54 am
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good news, thanks a lot!

#32 - tonyqc - January 28, 2011 // 4:53 am
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I play zoombiess online right now with multiman 1.14.01 and wutangrza

only game save cheater get banned and seem to be only for cod bo

good news

#31 - Anticleric - January 28, 2011 // 4:52 am
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I don't see how changing your PSN id would help with banning in Black ops. Isn't your progress attached to your ID? You would have to start over again.

#30 - BwE - January 28, 2011 // 4:46 am
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would it bypass/help with bannings?

and didn't somebody in this thread just confirm it wasn't just cheaters.

#29 - inginear - January 28, 2011 // 4:46 am
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Quote Originally Posted by sk group View Post
how is this good news if theyre banning cfw users...

this is good news for those that like legitimate competition online and despise cheaters.

also, i always laugh at the people that ask how long a permanent ban lasts. idiots.

#28 - barrybarryk - January 28, 2011 // 4:44 am
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They aren't banning cfw users, i've already tried.. only players with hacked save games etc.

#27 - PS4 News - January 28, 2011 // 4:44 am
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Quote Originally Posted by sk group View Post
wasn't there a homebrew app to change some sorta psn id?

Perhaps this one?

#26 - BwE - January 28, 2011 // 4:42 am
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if it's a blackops ban couldn't we change/spoof our mac address or whatever.

wasn't there a homebrew app to change some sorta psn id?

i'm sure theres a way around the ban...