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February 16, 2011 // 11:33 am - Update: As expected, countless users in our PS3 Forums have confirmed receiving e-mail notices from Sony followed by their PlayStation 3 consoles being banned.

According to Mathieulh if you get error 0x8002A227 Sony banned your PS3 from the PSN.

Today Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has posted the following statement from Sony Computer Entertainment on PS3 circumvention devices, piracy and PSN bans:

Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software.

Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the "System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System" and the "Terms of Services and User Agreement" for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.

Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws.

Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.

To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.

What this means to you:

Circumvention devices and game piracy damage our industry and can potentially injure the online experience for you, our loyal PlayStation customers, via hacks and cheats.

Many PlayStation.Blog readers have asked how we intend to deal with these incidents that they have been reading about in the gaming press, and this is our initial response.

By identifying PlayStation 3 systems that breach our guidelines and terminating their ability to connect to PlayStation Network, we are protecting our business and preserving the honest gameplay experiences that you expect and deserve.

Rest assured, this message does not apply to the overwhelming majority of our users who enjoy the world of entertainment PlayStation 3 has to offer without breaching the guidelines detailed above, and we urge you to continue doing so without fear.

Sony Addresses PS3 Circumvention Devices, Piracy and PSN Bans

Sony Addresses PS3 Circumvention Devices, Piracy and PSN Bans

Sony Addresses PS3 Circumvention Devices, Piracy and PSN Bans

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#326 - Grzelakin - March 11, 2011 // 3:46 am
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if someone downloaded something off my psn account and won't delete it what can I do?

#325 - barrybarryk - February 25, 2011 // 2:00 am
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lol well the bans I understand, even suing geohot for grandstanding I kind of get, but raiding graf was ridiculously uncalled for and really is just Sony throwing their weight around to try scare people off.

#324 - daveshooter - February 25, 2011 // 1:30 am
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I have 4 PS3's that will never go on PSN, anyone fancy making me an offer on the Id's. Just kidding fony-sony, they can have them for free.

I was just being facetious and scaremongering about them switching off the network card and wireless, because thats the sort of low life whale killing, little push bike riding Mofos are capable of.

#323 - barrybarryk - February 25, 2011 // 12:42 am
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the only way to securely ban your console from PSN is to do it server side, client side would be an easy fix.

All they'll do is ban the console ID (what they're doing now and there's no real way around it, spoofing console ID will get you around it but you'll need a legitimate console ID that isn't in use so no wide spread vulnerability there) and if they go down the road of banning your PSN account that'll be handled server side too.

There's no reason to ban the NIC's in the PS3. The email isn't a notification of a ban it's a warning that a ban is coming. If you update before you're banned presumably you'll not get banned like the email says but if you update after you're banned it'll not be revoked.

#322 - daveshooter - February 25, 2011 // 12:33 am
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They did say a lifetime ban, and to be truthfully its a very arrogant statement for them to make, unless they have prep themselves against PSN hackers and just finalizing things before they ban your box. My guessing is their get ticked off, and switch the network card and wireless off in a hidden update, when your on their PSN.

#321 - wwywong - February 24, 2011 // 10:22 pm
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So after about a week which this email is received, anyone can verify that their account indeed got banned from PSN? For those that experience "ban" if you have updated your ps3 back to OFW, will the ban be release (as stated in the email)? I've also heard about the "temporary ban" hypothesis, is that true?

Or all of them are just speculations?

#320 - IslaTurbine - February 19, 2011 // 5:18 am
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This is very interesting to me. I'm running Hermes 3.41 and was connected to the internet till about 3 weeks ago. For no particular reason, I disconnected the ethernet cable from my PS3. I've been jailbroken since September but I still haven't received the Terms email/warning that everyone else is.

I'm wondering if they just recently started monitoring who is and who isn't jailbroken?

#319 - daveshooter - February 18, 2011 // 8:33 pm
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I feel it's unfair to compare the reason why Sony are banning users now from the psn compared to Microsoft or the psp, because there is so many reasons why Sony don't want unauthorized code on their network, because its not only to protect their games empire, its also to protect what other things could be found and made public.. and over time we will see the plot thicken and unfold.

#318 - matrixdts - February 18, 2011 // 8:29 pm
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Hi all quick question.. Do not have psn account on 3.41 with E3 Reader is it safe to ftp?

Have not blocked mac or setup static ip.

Thanks all.

#317 - nsignific - February 18, 2011 // 4:57 pm
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Heheh, I clearly remember people telling me I'm wrong to expect PSN bans, because Sony != Microsoft and because they never banned PSP access.

Well, well, well. I was right. They were WRONG.. HAHAHA SO WRONG.

Good. Bans are good. I don't mind.