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Rumour: Sony Drops The Banhammer With FW 3.56

Have they had enough?

Reports are pouring in from all over the web that firmware update 3.56 might be a little more than just a ‘small security update.’ GamersMint is reporting that they have already uncovered some of what 3.56 is really meant to do, or to be more precise, what it’s meant to stop.

They’re saying that firmware 3.56 fixes the ‘ECDSA signature bug’ and renders all the ‘private keys’ that people were using to install custom firmware and go online, useless.  In case you’re thinking that it’s possible to just downgrade the firmware to a lower version like before, Sony may have covered that base too.

They went on to say that it is now impossible to downgrade your firmware after you’ve updated to 3.56, without new hardware.

So, assuming that’s true, it seems like the preventative measures are in place, but what about those who have already installed custom firmware and are playing on hacked consoles?  Here comes the banhammer.  Again, this is all unconfirmed by anyone here at TSA or by Sony themselves, but it looks like Sony now has a way of detecting these consoles when you attempt to access the PlayStation Network or update to 3.56.

Not only is GamersMint reporting that console bans are now in full swing, but a quick trip over to the Call of Duty: Black Ops forums is revealing the same result.  There are a ton of posts going up about users being completely banned from the PlayStation Network.  Not just their profiles, either, but the entire console.  And not just for custom firmware that may or may not just be used for homebrew, but for hacking stats in-game as well.

Now, of course, about 95% of these ban-hammer victims are completely innocent and don’t even know what the word ‘hacked’ means, nor how it could have possibly happened to their console without them knowing, but a few have stepped up and openly discussed their previous mischief.

The main explanation among these folks is that they had a profile on their console that had been used for hacking before now.  Multiple users have reported that it wasn’t even the hacked profile they were signing in with when they were banned.  It seems if your console has ever been used to hack and/or mod within a game, regardless of what profile was used when doing it, you may be the recipient of a console ban.

Of course, there are also sites out there claiming that 3.56 has already been hacked and that they’re already back up and running on the PlayStation Network, but you should take that with the exact same grain of salt as everything else in this article.

To clarify one more time, this all stems from rumour and unconfirmed reports.  No one here at TSA has any first hand knowledge of what has happened, nor has Sony confirmed that a mass ban has taken place.  This will likely be a hot topic over the next few days and more information is sure to filter in, so stay tuned.

Source: GamersMintBlack Ops forums

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  1. Paranoimia
    Since: Aug 2008

    If it’s true, good riddance. And I really, REALLY hope it’s true.

    Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 02:33.
  2. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Actually monitoring MW2 hacks is probably the best way to catch a large portion of stupid hackers & pirates… Of course sensible hackers/pirates/coders won’t have taken their unit online regardless of profile.

    Good to see Sony fighting back even if 3.56 was hacked the same day it’s released. Friday will be a good time for genuine gamers to get back in MW2

    Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 02:36.
    • Matt W [Echo]
      Since: Jul 2009

      Someone posted about MW2 in the forums. Said everything has been fine since the update.

      Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 02:39.
    • m61726b
      Since: Mar 2010

      MW2 hacks are still live and well. Very annoying.

      Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 04:04.
      • jcor
        Since: Jun 2009

        Yep, turned it on lastnight. First game had a hacker so left.

        Joined another game of S&D on Sub-base. Match started, 5 secs later we were all dead. A hacker had spawned right behind us and killed us all in seconds so obviously left again.

        So joined another game and guess what, another f’ing hacker. So frustrating.

        To make matters worse I decided to turn on Black Ops since it also had an update yesterday. First game, host migration failed so got kicked. Second and third games had unbearable lag!

        Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 12:26.
      • E8_BALL_
        Since: Jul 2010

        itching to play mw2, but will wait for a definate all clear.
        would like my rank, titles & emblems to advance naturally.

        Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 15:56.
    • Awayze
      Since: Jul 2010


      MW2 hacked patch is on the PS3 HDD, a PS3 update will not get rid of it, only a MW2 update will. IW will not ban hackers as the don’t care even if they say they do, ie the 10th prestige spinning emblem twitter fiasco.

      Sony couldn’t have detected hacked PS3’s on 3.55, why do you think it took soo long to get 3.56 where as 3.41 and 3.50 were patched within a day or so.

      Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 08:59.
  3. Pesico
    Since: Sep 2008

    I really hope this is true and it will work long-term.

    Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 02:50.
  4. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Great if they can actually ban the hackers from using PSN so long as they aren’t banning innocent users in error.

    Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 03:06.
    • bigdon23
      Since: Jul 2010

      thats the concern i have, and even if you are innocent no one would believe so

      Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 11:11.
    • cam the man
      Since: May 2009

      There’s always innocent casualties.

      Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 13:20.
  5. asoccer
    Since: Apr 2010

    Eh, Just wait for the phone calls being poured on customer service. My condolences to them when they receive them

    Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 03:51.
    • Matt W [Echo]
      Since: Jul 2009

      Yeah, they are going to get pounded. Might as well have a job emptying porta-poties, because they’re going to catch so much crap…

      Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 03:55.
  6. MaD dOctoR 79
    Since: Dec 2010

    is this anything to do with the uk store not loading properly? or are they doing maintenance on it?

    bit annoying as a customer who doesn’t do any of that pirate sh*t.

    anyone else having the same problem? black screen, then shows you xmb background? was about to try that tv show king…guess I’ll have to check in the morning.

    Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 04:15.
    • MaD dOctoR 79
      Since: Dec 2010

      thank the gods, it must have just been an internet problem or maintenance…now where was I?

      Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 13:02.
  7. XisTG
    Since: May 2010

    christmas came early for hackers! – the grinch

    Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 05:08.
  8. nofi
    One for all.
    Since: Forever


    Seriously, this could be an interesting day for those that decided to hack their consoles. Homebrew is one thing, but modifying games to get one over on other console owners is another.


    Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 06:00.
  9. JesseDeya
    Since: Jan 2010

    Ahhh sweet banning justice. Suck it pirates. Suck it script kiddies. Suck it Egohot.

    Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 06:01.
  10. minerwilly
    Since: Feb 2009

    Excellent news if true , i love the thought of them turning on their PS3’s to find this out , these are the type of people who smash pads in a rage . Their pets had better watch out .

    Comment posted on 28/01/2011 at 06:49.

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