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September 5, 2010 // 9:22 am - Update: Many users including namdlo and nannou have pointed out the picture is dated, and have determined this scare to be more of a wake-up call than a true Sony PS3 ban wave over the PS JailBreak PS3 modchip.

As expected, with the release of the PSGroove open-source PS JailBreak PS3 exploit Sony is fighting back and now banning PS3 consoles, with the PSN ban wave error code being 8002A227.

Forum user StandardBus of Italian site (linked above) first reported this, and based on the PSJB Backup Manager ID apparently Sony is banning the OpenPSID or PS3 MAC address... meaning another PSN account won't do you any good.

Needless to say, PlayStation 3 consoles will soon be shipping with an updated PS3 Firmware revision to patch the exploit.

Below is the rough translation from StandardBus on the PS JailBreak PS3 console bans:

"Predictably, in the end it happened. Maybe some of you were already aware of it, but because of the holidays (and the lack of coverage for data traffic in the area where I was on vacation) I could not actively follow the scene as I usually do.

For anyone who had missed the news, Sony is left with its hands seeing copies of his JigKey distributed at an impressive speed to all major retailers of mod chips for consoles.

Some users who have rushed to buy the key in question and abuse them without getting too many problems on the legality of their actions, recently could not help but note that their console was excluded from the use of any online service offered by Sony.

This exclusion / limitation (in computer terms "BAN") is the inclusion of the NDP registered user nickname to a "blacklist" servers in this Sony.

Any attempt to access the console, Sony PlayStation Network using a nickname in this blacklist will be identified and monitored pending potential violations of the terms of use imposed by Sony itself.

But we are talking about... JigKey. Sony plans to block all online console those who make use of that key, just like Microsoft with the Xbox 360 some time ago.

We said that several users, after purchasing the key, received an unusual error code trying to access the game online. Viewing the code is 8002A227.

Analyzing the backup loader pkg PSJailbreak released by the team, you may notice that the ID program is LAUNE-12345.

The initiation of programs (with its ID) is recorded in a sort of log in the HDD of the PS3, and Sony is sent to the server for statistical analysis anything but anonymous when the console is connected to Internet (yes, they know who we are, what games we play, how we play and how often, but this is just the tip of the iceberg of data Aquisito on our behalf every day).

Wii also uses this system, but is more discreet in the aspect that the user is given opportunity to view the log in question.

Once you understand this simple mechanism, it is natural to understand how the servers can automatically identify the Sony console and PSN account of people using the key: once considered the log and found the ID-12345 LAUNE simply discover the IP connect the console to find the nickname of the user who has used it and proceed with the ban by adding a nickname to blacklist PSN.

And there's more: some users may forward the idea of changing the nickname to allow console access again the NDP, and partly as a solution may seem effective, but it seems that Sony has also thought of this possibility by request to the consoles connected to PSN their Mac address, uniquely identify the console without the possibility of error, and allowing the permanent ban console all online.

Remains to understand why the team PSJailbreak not activated to change promptly to their application ID, allowing Sony to go to the bank account to account, the console on the console.

Arise at this point spontaneous questions: This is the first demonstration that the team has the sole intention of selling as much as possible and then disappear leaving the customers?

The key upgradeable firmware has been described by many experts as a feature useless, really need to dupe more people can fool with the possibility of updates that do not ever exist?

We hope for those already effected the purchase of JigKey is not so. The seriousness of the team has been challenged on many forums, react to plug this big problem or let it go?"

Sony Suspends PS3 Consoles, PSN Ban Wave Error 8002A227

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#18 - yoraco - September 5, 2010 // 5:11 pm
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just some questions and thoughts:

would sony be possible to detect the use of psgroove if I use/switch to a seperate hdd while playing backups offline, and then switch back to the original hdd for online purposes?

I already tested to switch HDDs it worked, the XMB does not remain the same. the only things that still remains after changing HDD are the users in XMB.

if I use some tools to hide/modify the MAC-Adress of the PS3 or some kind of MAC-Forwarding and you get banned, would it be possible to change MAC-Mapping and make the ban useless?

I think banning PS3 by MAC would not make sense, because the PS3 has two MAC adresses (I think), one for the LAN and one for the WLAN adapter.

this news is scary anyway.

#17 - teorouge - September 5, 2010 // 5:05 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by ChowSoljer View Post
I am on a Japanese PS3 online. Never played backed up games online and still o.k. I backed up 5 games and never played online and still no ban.

That is interesting, I mean... if you backup and play with no internet connection on the PS3, they can't ban you when you get back online (with no hack running), can they?

#16 - lohr - September 5, 2010 // 4:54 pm
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If it's fake or not, bans based on this backup manager ID are most likely going to occur. The ID of the backup manager could possibly be changed to avoid this, that is until Sony downloads it, and figures the new one out. Now if all of this leads to homebrew, it's probably possible to create an application to spoof the mac address to avoid being banned.

#15 - ChowSoljer - September 5, 2010 // 4:47 pm
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I am on a Japanese PS3 online. Never played backed up games online and still o.k. I backed up 5 games and never played online and still no ban.

#14 - namdlo - September 5, 2010 // 4:43 pm
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If you're expecting Sony to not ban people for just having the backup manager installed then you are very nieve.

#13 - Mbb - September 5, 2010 // 4:42 pm
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Yeah soon the banhammer will come, hopefully we will have a hideable backup manager by that time.

#12 - PS4 News - September 5, 2010 // 4:42 pm
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Guys please don't make dupe posts and keep this thread on topic. It's already posted above in #2 that Mathieulh thinks it's fake, so nobody wants to read through another 30 posts repeating it.

The truth is simply that bans are bound to happen sooner or later, so if this round ends up being "fake" then next week or month etc it's bound to happen... meaning those who use PSJB should not go online (or use another PS3 to do it) to be cautious.

#11 - zappaziz - September 5, 2010 // 4:40 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by apples7 View Post
i'm using my phone internet for my ps3 so can they still track me from my phone ip address.

If there is any truth to this it wouldn't matter how you connected because it is using the MAC address of the network adapter of the PS3. This is the same ID regardless of your internet connection.

#10 - zzk2001 - September 5, 2010 // 4:39 pm
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whether or not it's fake we all know it's coming at some point in time, So i just hope that we can Unplug the device and play online without Sony giving us the Ban Hammer.

As I am fine with playing my backups Offline then when i want to play Online i'll use my real copies, this will cut down on Scratching and wear&tare on the games for the most part as i don't really play online much anyways. But if they start Banning people for just having the manager installed or games to HDD then that's some BS right there.

#9 - FrozenFear - September 5, 2010 // 4:39 pm
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Sry to hear that.. but the most important part is to play online... no online= 70% of fun is deleted... Some one must make something that won't allow them to get you or notice you..