Sony kicking all PS3 hackers off PlayStation Network

Sony has warned any PlayStation 3 owners running “unauthorised or pirated software” on their system that they’ll be banned from using PlayStation Network or digital streaming service Qriocity. As in, banned for good.

The PS3 was hacked at the tail-end of 2010, when shadowy hacker group ‘fail0verflow’ unearthed the private code that authorizes PlayStation 3 code to run on the console. Further back still, in January 2010, the system was cracked by hacker George ‘GeoHot’ Hotz, who gained full read/write access to the entire system memory.

It’s the GeoHot hack that Sony is clamping down on here, ordering users to remove any naughty devices from their console and delete any pirated software, or face the consequences.

Sony hasn’t put a date on when the banhammer action will commence, but good for them I say. It’s about time companies took drastic action against the peens who ruin online games for honest, paying gamers.

Here’s Sony’s full statement:

“Unauthorised circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers.

“These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or 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/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.

“Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws.

“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.

“To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorised or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.”

So there.

[Via PlayStation Blog]