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Published on February 17th, 2011 | by Kole Ross, Editor

Sony to Crack Down on Hacks

Sony has broken their silence regarding recent breakthroughs in the art of homebrew PS3 pirate wizardry.

January was a rough month for Sony, with USB devices and software keys being made available, both of which allow end users to run unauthorized software on their PlayStation 3 systems.

However, it might be wise to pump the breaks if you’re using any of these exploits, because Sony’s official stance is that they will ban you from their networks for doing so.

To clarify, the notice from SCEA says “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.”

The announcement, released via the PlayStation Blog, does not clarify if these bans are at the hardware level, or the account level.

Making a statement about the statement, SCEA Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein said “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 [our customers] expect and deserve.”

Consider that fair warning to anyone trying to break the rules.

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