Sony: Hack the PS3, get banned for free
Sony doesn't take kindly to hackers, what with all those PSN issues and PSP custom firmware. With the release of the PlayStation 3 lv0 bootloader key leak comes the ability to hack Sony's black warhorse to play online with real, non-hacking users. Sony has since issued a statement on the subject.
Sony said in the statement that anyone caught running unauthorized or pirated software may have access to the PSN and Sony Entertainment Network "terminated permanently." Perhaps it should come as no surprise that if you hack Sony's console, the game giant will do everything in its power to ban you.
Here's the statement from Sony:
"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."
The consumer alert goes on to state that, "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."
So, do you think Sony is taking the right steps to punish hackers, or are you in the boat that believes once you buy a console, you have the right to do with it whatever you want? Let us know in the comments below.