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January 11, 2011 // 9:08 pm - Today JoyStiq (linked above) speculates that based on both a NeoGAF Tip by Mr_Brit and a Digital Foundry report Sony may be planning to remotely disable JailBroken PS3 consoles essentially banning them from PSN.

To quote: "Even if you've never signed up for a PSN account, your console will communicate with Sony servers every time it boots up.

That initial load process is used to upload error logs, download updates to the "What's New" module, and a list of recently-run applications, including any unauthorized backup manager software.

Sony has yet to ban any consoles for taking advantage of the jailbreak, but the terms and conditions of the PlayStation Network make it clear that Sony has the authority to carry them out.

Thanks to the system's constant self-reporting feature, "the company even has the means to irrevocably disable your console should it so wish," rendering affected PS3 consoles unusable, online and off. But will Sony ever use such a drastic measure? And if so, how will the hacker scene retaliate?"

From NeoGAF, to quote: "On boot the system contacts the server and uploads the play list etc. this list alone is enough to get anyone that goes online banned as it shows the bootmanger etc. has been running. Here is the list and what they do, I port sniffed this a while ago before I went online with a retail unit >.> because I am not stupid hehe.

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Almost all connections cannot just be port blocked, the port will continue to increment until it connects, you have to block the entire domains. Also a big point is that ALL computers on your network need to have these blocked not just the PS3's MAC because if you are running a proxy for example to get patches, the computer you proxy to will just allow the connections right out to the open unless all local IPs are blocked from these sites as well.

Surprising absolutely noone it looks like Sony are detecting homebrew applications meaning that everyone who went on PSN with a jailbroken console can expect to be banned eventually. This is definitely not the only way that Sony can detect jailbroken systems so we'll never truly ever know if it's going to be safe to go online. That ban may come tommorow or it may come in 6 months time but it will almost certainly eventually come."

Rumor: Sony to Remotely Disable JailBroken PS3s, PSN Bans?

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#72 - Thardus - January 16, 2011 // 10:33 am
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Doesn't the ps3 format any hdd when you put on in?

#71 - daveshooter - January 16, 2011 // 10:26 am
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That's the way I did it, sort of, was install geo's CFW on a m8's ps3, then installed some homebrew for him on that drive, and then rolled back his ps3 to 3.55 ofw, then sold him a 60 gig drive, I had laying around, so he can us that drive when online, Job done.

#70 - ga114 - January 15, 2011 // 10:00 am
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Sony would never think about doing this for obvious reasons. PSN support could be a very likely candidate but you entire console online and off is crazy.

#69 - Garakk - January 15, 2011 // 9:24 am
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So if Sony checks the playlist (and it seems it's one and only thing which Sony checks before ban, right?) is there any way to delete it? HDD format? Is is kept in some file which can be siply deleted?

#68 - reloaded666 - January 14, 2011 // 10:19 am
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ok i'm not biting the whole bricking thing but the ban of psn, yeah i can see that and for those of you who say that we don't own the ps3 that it is on a lease ok tell me this everything that is on a lease needs to go back at some point and time. lets say i lease a car for X$ for X months at the end of my lease i need to bring the car back, so were do i take my ps3 back to when my lease ends and when does it end its not in the EULA.

on a side note i have a computer for sale that has linux on it and you can not put windows on it or you will break my eula and if you do i will brick the mobo "but wait i said SALE in there not LEASE so wouldnt that make it yours to do what you want with same thing when you go to the store ps3 are for sale not LEASE" and also there was a lawsuit filed by apple for almost the same things allowing jailbreak on the iphone i think it was against guess who.

yup geohot and geohot won so i don't see how sony can win this, you can now legally jailbreak your phone.

#67 - TWITDADDY - January 14, 2011 // 9:07 am
Quote Originally Posted by barrybarryk View Post
Utter Nonsense. they aren't disabling anything, PSN is Sony's property and they don't have to guarantee access they can kill it whenever they like for whatever reason they like.

if you would read they say disable CONSOLE not PSN...

#66 - here2rock - January 13, 2011 // 10:57 am
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Why everyone is worried? It has not happended as yet!

#65 - oVERSoLDiER - January 13, 2011 // 9:57 am
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Quote Originally Posted by spark32 View Post
How do they send you messages if they are banned?

My mate write me an eMail. Not via PSN, that would be weird.

#64 - mackembulldog - January 13, 2011 // 9:25 am
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Faulty FATS are still going for around 50 to 100 quid each even with Yellow and red lights (but then again I assume there are a number of people on here more than sufficient in fixing that problem)

#63 - daveshooter - January 13, 2011 // 9:17 am
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Quote Originally Posted by mackembulldog View Post
Impressive Dave, the sale of FAT PS3's with faulty blu-rays will go through the roof!!

Hope not, I'm looking at making mayself a nice powerpc using 4 PS3's.