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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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#25 - NCSUfan - January 28, 2011 // 4:39 am
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I'm going to bite the bullet and try and play... the bypass will only work for a few more days then its back offline I suppose.

Gonna get in as much multiplayer as I can at least.

#24 - juanpaco1 - January 28, 2011 // 4:39 am
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Quote Originally Posted by sk group View Post
how is this good news if they're banning cfw users...

I don't get how this is good news if they are banning cfw users. I have cfw and I own a black ops disc. I hate switching discs so I use cfw so I never have to get up to play any of my games. Not everyone with cfw are pirates.

#23 - barrybarryk - January 28, 2011 // 4:35 am
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a game wouldn't have that sort of access to the system, it'd be a security risk and sony would never allow it.

probably also why it's on a black ops ban and not a psn ban.

#22 - BwE - January 28, 2011 // 4:34 am
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how is this good news if they're banning cfw users...

#21 - mrgreaper - January 28, 2011 // 4:34 am
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i went to Kmeaw today (boy does my timing suck or what?) i use the dns method to play online.

just had two matches online with my retail call of duty disc (it doesn't mean i'm not banned full stop, but not yet)

my black ops disc kinda lives in the drive more then its case lol.

#20 - dust906 - January 28, 2011 // 4:33 am
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Quote Originally Posted by Darkzero51521 View Post
No, they aren't just banning cheaters. If you played a pirated version of black ops online, you are banned.

edit: actually if you went online with black ops on a jailbroken system, you're banned. I modded my best friends ps3 with kmeaw and he has retail COD, but he is banned.

cause he probaby played black ops while still on CFW instead of upgrading to 3.56 and they probably caught that ?

#19 - barrybarryk - January 28, 2011 // 4:33 am
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argh i'm not on 3.56, like stated in my post.

#18 - hacked2123 - January 28, 2011 // 4:32 am
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strange... pirates can't be on 3.56...

#17 - NCSUfan - January 28, 2011 // 4:30 am
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awesome man thanks for letting me know!!!

If there's a +rep or something I will return the favor.

#16 - barrybarryk - January 28, 2011 // 4:28 am
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yep verified, i'm still able to login to black ops using a backup on kmeaw. looks like it's just cheaters.