A NeoGAF user is reporting that Sony has the abillity to ban hacked PS3s without online access.
According to the poster, Sony could ban users once a machine’s connected to the company’s servers, which it apparently does the second the console boots up, and not when it connects to PSN.
This is what was written. Might need to get a cuppa, or something:
On boot the system contacts the server and uploads the play list etc. this list alone is enough to get anyone that goes online banned as it shows the bootmanger etc. has been running. Here is the list and what they do, I port sniffed this a while ago before I went online with a retail unit >.> because I am not stupid hehe.
fus01.ps3.update.playstation.net > Update Server (sys updates)
mercury.dl.playstation.net > What’s new ads
nsx.np.dl.playstation.net > playstation store preview
nsx-e.np.dl.playstation.net > ads
(main file exchange connections)
us.np.stun.playstation.net > on boot initiates connection
ena.net.playstation.net > SSLv3 connection after above connection
dus01.ps3.update.playstation.net > secondary update attempt (could force updates)
auth.np.ac.playstation.net > SSLv3 authentication server
service.playstation.net (has multiple IPs if only the ip address is blocked)
creepo.ww.hl.playstation.net (uploads crash reports etc.)
Almost all connections cannot just be port blocked, the port will continue to increment until it connects, you have to block the entire domains.
The news after Sony issued a restraining order against GeoHot and hacker group fail0verflow this week for exposing the console’s root key, which has apparently exposed the hardware once and for all.
We published a broad piece of the recent spate of PS3 hacking this morning: read it here.