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133w ago - Today Sony Japan (linked above) and in North America have issued a PSN consumer alert against unauthorized software resulting in the start of a PS3 ban wave with PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware users receiving error code 8002A231.

Below is the Press Release, as follows: "Consumer Alerts - Important Notice: Access to the PlayStation Network and Access to Sony Entertainment Network Services

Dear valued PlayStation 3 customers,

Unauthorized software for the PlayStation 3 system was recently released by hackers. Use of such 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/Sony Entertainment Network and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.

Violation of the System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 system invalidates the consumer's right to access that system. Consumers running unauthorized or pirated software may have their access to the PlayStation Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.

To avoid permanent termination, consumers must immediately cease using and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.

In order to help provide a safe, fair, online environment, consumers who we believe violate "Terms of Services and User Agreement" for the PlayStation Network/Sony Entertainment Network or the applicable laws or regulations of their country or region risk having access to the PlayStation Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services terminated permanently."

Those who are a victim of Sony's PS3 banhammer have received the following message in their e-mail after trying to sign in:

"Access to the PlayStation Network and Access to Sony Entertainment Network Services has been terminated.

PlayStation Customer: Notice: Unauthorised or pirated software has been detected on your PlayStation 3 system. This use has violated the terms of both the "System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System" and the "Terms of Services and User Agreement" for the PlayStation Network/Sony Network Services and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.

As a result, your Sony Entertainment Network account has been permanently banned and access to PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network services through your PlayStation 3 system has been terminated permanently."

Below are some related PS3 PSN error codes (via pastie.org/5364247) for those interested:

## Banned

  • SCE_NP_COMMUNITY_SERVER_ERROR_PLAYER_BANNED 0x8002a40a
  • SCE_NP_MATCHING2_SERVER_ERROR_PLAYER_BANNED 0x80022b06
  • SCE_NP_MATCHING2_SERVER_ERROR_BANNED_CONSOLE 0x80022b28
  • SCE_NP_CLANS_SERVER_ERROR_BANNED 0x8002280a

## Blacklisted

  • SCE_NP_CLANS_SERVER_ERROR_BLACKLISTED 0x80022811
  • SCE_NP_CLANS_SERVER_ERROR_BLACKLIST_LIMIT_REACHED 0x80022845
  • SCE_NP_COMMUNITY_SERVER_ERROR_BLACKLISTED_USER_ID 0x8002a411

## Suspended

  • SCE_NP_AUTH_ERROR_CONSOLE_ID_SUSPENDED 0x8002a227
  • SCE_NP_AUTH_ERROR_ACCOUNT_SUSPENDED 0x8002a231
  • SCE_NP_COMMERCE_ERROR_CHECKOUT_ACCOUNT_SUSPENDED 0x80029435
  • SCE_NP_DRM_SERVER_ERROR_ACCOUNT_IS_SUSPENDED 0x80029731

From bigfishbad comes a potential SEN ban evasion method detailed below as follows:

How to Change Your MAC Address and Unban Your PS3 Guide

If you have ever been banned from PSN or if you get banned for using CFW this will unban your PS3, basically Sony can't ban us.

  • Downgrade to 3.41 OtherOS++
  • Install Chaos Air Bringer (read the readme)
  • Change your mac?? (you need a REAL mac address, just go on YouTube and use one who put a video of a fake CFW)
  • Update to 4.21 CFW and enjoy online again people

Anybody on 3.55 skip this part, anyone below or above 3.55 downgrade/upgrade back to 3.55.. you will need to go to here: http://www.ps4news.com/ps3-cfw-mfw/rebug-3-55-3-4-21-1-ps3-cfw-rex-editions-999-downgrader-out/

Download their 999downgrader and REBUG 3.55.3 REX EDITION

Update from XMB with their 999downgrader. After its complete install 3.55 OFW from recovery. Then update to REBUG 3.55.3 REX EDITION from XMB.. it might be the wrong way to do it but that's how i did mine.

Everyone that is on 3.55 you need to be on REBUG 3.55.3 REX EDITION (i was at the time).. first thing you would want to do is go to system settings and get your MAC ADDRESS and write it down somewhere because were going to be changing that and if you can't rememeber it your real mac may be lost for ever. Now you have write down your mac.

Download these apps: http://www.uploadmb.com/dw.php?id=1355164367

Install these 2 apps on your ps3 and rebug toolbox (its in the 3.55.3 CFW) (rebug toolbox is at PACKAGE MANGER/INSTALL PACKAGE FILES/PS3HARD DISK) and start rebug tool box, go to lvl1 patches and enable "dispatch manager access".. now start the "chaos air bringer" (you have two options here either chose your own new MAC or let the app do it) i let the app pick mine, after you run the app it should just kick you back to the XMB.

Turn your ps3 off after the app returned you to XMB, restart your ps3 and look at your PS3 MAC in system settings if you done it right now it has changed.. now start PSID PATCH and change your PSID (would look like this and be at the top of your screen) 68403bef705abd9765439fdbca953333 (just a example) its 32 digits long and i think you can just spoof (not 100% sure)

Now change your console ID (would look like this and be at the bottom of your screen) 0000000167BDA8640CDE321376A8C9AC000000000000000000 00000000000000 (just a example) and in the read me it says it has to be from a real PS3 (not 100% sure didn't try a spoof one).

Now start rebug tool box again go to "SELECTOR" then "system mode" and enable rebug mode. you will need to make a new PS3 ACCOUNT, now you have finished that welcome back to PSN and enjoy your stay.. you can not change FW and everytime you turn off your ps3 when you turn it back on you have to patch your PSID & console ID with PSID PATCH.

Your MAC ADDRESS is fine you only needed to patch it the one time. I would like a couple members to come in and try and confirm because i bricked my banned console last night (had all its details write down before the brick) BUT today i BANNED my slim (it was unbanned) with all the files from my banned ps3 so my logic is if i can BAN my SLIM people can do this to UNBAN but want people to confirm it first.

If anybody needs some help don't be afraid to ask, also there could possible be a permanent solution getting released soon i just don't want to brick loads of PS3's.

Update: Go on 3.55.3 rebug, check system setting and write down your real mac address. start psid patch and write down your real psid & console id, so write down your real console id & psid & mac address and keep it close by.. change your mac with "chaos" write down what it changed to again. Patch your console id and psid with "psid patch" write down what you changed it to your console id & psid. Go to multiman and look and see if it actually changed your console id looks something like this "00000001-00870006-190436ab-2e3765be" and let me no if its changed in multiman its in system info or something?

Then go to multiman file mananger, dump your lvl1 & lvl2, put it on your laptop/pc, check your dump with hxd, check in lvl1:

  • mac address: 0007c810 (starting from 5th digit) you need to see if its your real mac address or the one you just changed it to
  • console id: 00e48960 (hole line) same again see if its your real console id or the patched one
  • ps id: 000f2100 (hole line) same again see if its your real ps id or the one you patched

Then in lvl2 check

  • console id : 003c2ef0 (start of line) same again check if its your real or the one you changed it to
  • ps id : 00452180 (starting from 25th digit) same again check if its your real or the one you changed it to

Let me no if it contains your real info or the info you just spoofed it to i have a feeling these apps only do a visual change and not a physical one, if you don't understand what i'm saying just say and i'll explain it in more detail of what to do.

I myself bricked my ps3 last night by a silly mistake of not checking the "bkpps3.bin" with flow rebuilder before flashing it dont you be the next one. this is a warning all this is very risky and if your prepared to try this be prepared to brick your ps3 forever i done this 24 hours ago and i might be missing a few steps so people please wait till i re-try this again and double check that this is everything i done step by step.

If i was you i wouldn't try this until i can reconfirm you have been warned very high chance of bricks so try at your own cost and if you brick you can only unbrick by soldering so atm its not worth it just wait if you only have 1 good ps3 left, this is what i done and it unbanned me:

  • i was on 4.21 or 4.30 cfw
  • dump your nor flash check it with flow rebuilder (on your banned console)
  • dump your nor flash check it with flow rebuilder (on your unbanned console)
  • byte reverse and extract a nor dump file. Make sure your dumps are valid
  • swap all this from the unbanned nor flash to the banned nor flash using hxd
  • psid: 0002f070 and 000303d0 (just one line for both locations)
  • mac address: 0003f040 (first 12 digits on the start of that line)
  • hdd info and serial number: 00f20200 (i changed 3 lines here)

You might not need to change all 3 lines i need someone to find out were the serial number ends

  • console serial number : 0003f090 (i changed 3lines here)

You might not need to change all 3 lines i need someone to find out were the serial number ends.. after you have changed all that re-check your dump with flow rebuilder, then i used ps3_nor_dump_auto_patcher_v0.01 as if i'm downgrading.

After the app has made the 3 patches to your "bkpps3.bin" check it again with flow rebuilder just to be sure byte reverse and extract a nor dump file. I then flashed my modded "bkpps3.bin" back to my ps3 when it was flashing and got to 4blue lights lit (half way done) it made 3 beeps as if it was turning off then for the remainder of the time it just kept flashing red then green (my power lights on front of ps3)

After that i just finished the downgrade progress (normally) then when i was on 3.55 i used stokers psid patch 1.5 to patch my psid and it got rid of my ban. If i was you i wouldn't try this until i can reconfirm... this is not what i done but i was told this would work dont try this unless your prepared to kiss your ps3 good bye forever very high chance of a brick and its not a easy fix for a brick you will need to solder

  • small tutorial on editing your "bkpps3.bin"
  • dump your nor flash with e3 flasher check it with flow rebuilder (on your banned console)
  • dump your nor flash with e3 flasher check it with flow rebuilder (on your unbanned console)
  • make sure both dumps are valid
  • byte reverse and extract a nor dump file.
  • Nor flash offsets
  • mac address: 0003f040 (1st 12 digits only)
  • console id: 0002f070 (hole line)
  • console id: 000303d0 (hole line)
  • ps id: 0003f080 (hole line) i never found these one's someone told me them
  • ps id: 000303e0 (hole line) i never found these one's someone told me them
  • patch all these offsets - swap these lines using hxd from your unbanned nor flash till your banned nor flash
  • check your "bkpps3.bin" with flow rebuilder again
  • byte reverse and extract a nor dump file.

Make sure its a good valid dump after you edited it and also make sure you still have your original "bkpps3.bin" and just to be safe check it again make sure its still good because if you brick you will need it and also will have to solder to unbrick... You have been warned if your brave enough flash your modded "bkpps3.bin" over to your ps3 note this is dangerous and i'm not going to be responsible if anything goes wrong.

This is a warning all this is very risky and if your prepared to try this be prepared to brick your ps3 forever i done this 24 hours ago and i might be missing a few steps so people please wait till i re-try this again and double check that this is everything i done step by step.


Offsets just the same for all these dumped lvl1 & lvl2 in multiman:

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Also i'm still working on the other way by patching your NOR flash its a bit better because its a permanent fix saves you running the apps every time you turn your ps3 on STILL waiting on a ban from sony tho lol (they need to step their game up LOL)

From 0x00 comes a How to UnBan Your PS3 Console from PSN Guide for those interested.

From Fig! comes the following details as well:

The most important one would be to stay away from playing latest games or installing new updates during the last month because most likely it has spyware inside to monitor our system files (INCLUDING the last pss store application update... lol people seem to forget about this sneaky spyware and then complain that they have gotten banned while not playing online ).

If you don't pay attention to the first advice then it would be best for now to remove any homebrew and that includes MM (including the stealth)... it is better loading MM and delete it after MM has finished loading some information to memory. I got some more technical info that it wouldn't be smart to share public... but like I said as long as players will stay away from playing latest games or updates, they should be safe for the time being.

It doesn't mean that every single new game or update has a spyware but still without inspecting the game files and patching those checks I would advice anyone to stay away from it. An example for games you should stay away from until someone will patch those checks are Tekken Tag Tournament 2 fifa13 and BO2.

One other tip that completely connects to this story and the implications it entails. ALWAYS DISCONNECT YOUR EYE-CAM AND HEADSET WHEN YOU DO NOT USE THEM. Happy gaming!

From hekel on how the PSN / PS3 banning process works: If you never sign into PSN you're safe. You can use WLAN/LAN and internet without being signed into PSN.

Every PS3 has it's very own unique Console ID (PSID) that no other PS3 has. Nowadays a Ban is usually PSID, Sometimes but I think less frequently it's PSID & PSN Account (Console & User). You don't have to cheat to get banned, all you have to do is sign into PSN, however signing into PSN isn't quite as risky. Obviously cheating in games is going to be a big red flag that you're on CFW and violating TOS.

The higher profile your activities are, the more likely and quicker you are to be banned. Bans for cheating are often Bans from both PSN and the Game's Servers. (COD is a high profile game because a lot of people play it and a Lot of people cheat in it.)

You can of course use things like SEN Enabler or PSN Patch to try and reduce your chances of being banned and to disable CFW Syscalls and clear history before signing in. However keep in mind that there's still a possibility you could be detected and banned.

Finally, from Gemma Arden:

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Some of those header files referenced in psidpatch.cpp are not in pslight (at least not the version I have). So you might need the official sdk to re-compile it? IDK for sure. Looking at the makefile it looks like you need to have the PS3_GAME folder and /source/psidpatch.cpp in your working directory with the 3 make* files and package.conf (all included with the PSIDPatch release).

If you want to make the package, it looks like it requires psn_package_npdrm.exe. I think I remember seeing something in a post about multiMan Eboot Fix Tool including that. Looks like it goes in the bin directory with the other compile exe's if I read the makefile correctly. According to the MakeDefs file it looks like that would be in the path when using "usr/local/cell"?

Some of the lines in the makefile are commented out. To compile and make it into a package, looks like you would have to run "make self" and then "make package" unless you change the makefile. I could be mistaken since I can't test it myself.

Do your tests prove conclusively that you need to change the MAC address? As I mentioned above, I read that it is not checked for PSN.


Sony PSN Consumer Alert Against Unauthorized Software, PS3 Ban Wave

Sony PSN Consumer Alert Against Unauthorized Software, PS3 Ban Wave

Sony PSN Consumer Alert Against Unauthorized Software, PS3 Ban Wave

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#191 - Joseph230 - 132w ago
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Will I be banned if I ONLY log into PSN and SYNC my trophies?

#190 - scott7seven - 132w ago
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it still seems to be cheaters and bo2 people getting banned, i've not heard of 1 ban otherwise, just people in different forums saying they are fine going online with other games, above i see someone with a hell of a lot of trophy's, and the other one playing around trying to stay on bo2, is there anyone out there that's not cheating or trying to play bo2, please post

#189 - filipay - 132w ago
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Anyone tried going online with Playstation All-Stars Battleroyal? Do you need an online pass?

#188 - justin138 - 132w ago
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Fairly certain this was from BLOPS II. Their warning came JUST before the game launched.

A user reported using a flasher and simply changed to OFW to play the game. He was able to get on using OFW, but not CFW - he did not change his mac addy. Another user changed his mac addy using a flasher and went on with OFW and was able to get on the servers.

Basically, it seems like they're able to detect if you have CFW now and they're able to do it game-side. I find it strange that you can create a new PSN account every few days and it seems to bypass it and let you onto BLOPS II, if only temporarily. For example, last Thursday I made a new account and was able to get on for a number of games. When I tried after logging out and turning off my PS3, I was blocked.

Yesterday i made a new account and it didn't work. Today i tried that account again and it worked; my external WAN IP has not changed. I idled at the game type selection screen for about 5 minutes and then was booted back to the MP dashboard with the server error; no longer able to get on. My theory is that Treyarch is, perhaps, scanning your system on the fly and detecting and banning. Why on the fly?

If you stay logged out of PSN while launching the game, then log into PSN through the XMB while on the MP dashboard (screen with play online, lan party, local, options), it will give you the server error message AS SOON as you're logged into PSN -- before you even take any interaction to try to log into the servers. This means it's calling home at all times, even on the MP dashboard and is able to detect the CFW immediately and give you 22.0-1 version and server error.

Basically, I'm pretty sure Treyarch is just going to fork over all of the banned clients to Sony and everyone is going to get owned. Sony probably already knows who is using CFW online now and it's just a matter of time before they drop the banhammer for real now.

See this thread on COD.com where they address the server issues post patch, they are very quiet about the cause of the issues, but the first question they ask is if your console is modded: community.callofduty.com/thread/200539411?start=280&tstart=0

I hate to fear monger, but it all adds up. Basically, everyone that tried to get online with BLOPS II probably owned themselves.

#187 - BBoy Chrif - 132w ago
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HaHaHaHa.. Finally Sony banned my console & my account [lvl (21) with 4500 Trophy].. lol you know guys 15 Years with PlayStation & i never think in one day SONY to do this step with my Account & with modest steps & in my OFW PS3 x)..

i never forget my best days with my first PS1 & PS2 it's really good days.. i don't want to Deban my PS3 because i smash my 3 PS3s on the wall (4500 Trophy lol + 15 Years) & now i want to try XBOX & Nintendo because i miss Mario & CastleVania my first games in my life & i miss Halo, Forza, Fable & My First XBOX to free my mind from the spyware firmwares of SONY..

#186 - scott7seven - 132w ago
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its a chance you take, not enough info on it, sony may be taking info and lower the hammer later, who knows, yea right now i just hear of people playing online without bans, not much on actual bans

#185 - abdullah2320 - 132w ago
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waiting until they release new method to go online without banning like fckpsn. Its spoof online id right ??

And. Right now theres 50% of peoples on cfw go online without have have banned they use psninja. I dont think they use cheats or modded eboots. For online games

#184 - scott7seven - 132w ago
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for me, i find it a lot smarter to wait till more info on it and a possible workaround, patience lol

#183 - akimazaki - 132w ago
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for me.. if anybody have confident to go online... just make it.. that what risk we can get... ban or lucky... we are gamers

#182 - PS3GAMER20111 - 132w ago
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Don't worry. they won't ban if you don't go online in future.