Latest PSN hack lets you unban yourself, someone else

Friday, 18th February 2011 20:28 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Another day, another hack on PS3.

This time, the hack allows those banned from PSN to unban themselves, reports D’toid.

It can also be used to unban another console providing the user has access to the other console’s ID. The ID can be obtained from a refurbishing warehouse, a secondhand seller or handed out by a current owner.

The latest hack was in response to Sony’s latest warning of banning those who use a “circumvention device and/or unauthorized or pirated software,” on their PS3 consoles.

Don’t look for any of this hacking business to stop anytime soon.



  1. JimFear-666

    yeah right…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. spiderLAW

    if this is true my response would be: Oh my fucking goodness. Would these hackers just fuck off already?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. pukem0n

    sony is fucked and they cant do naything about it, except bring out a PS4
    or PS3.5 ^^

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Lloytron

    I’d get used to it, looks like its going to be a game of cat and mouse, and Sony now run the risk of alienating all their customers by releasing endless mandatory updates.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Robo_1

    From what I’ve read it would be as close to impossible as it gets to brute force console id’s, so the only way this is going to happen is if there’s a leak or you give out your id. Even then, Sony can cross check the id given against a range of other variables, like MAC and IP addresses, to time taken for the request to be answered.

    It’s an interesting theory, but unless something changes, it’s very unlikely to happen.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. MushroomStamp

    on the bright side, this will help bolster console sales for sony

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Razor

    This is bogus.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Gama_888

    this is getting out of hand now. and its screwing over all the people who just legitimately play games having to sit through stupid firmware updates, sony should offer the auto-download thing they give to psn+ users to everyone until this shit is sorted.
    or maybe they could just turn that on for everyone to make sure everyone has their firmware or something like that?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. TheWulf

    Remember back not so long ago when a slew of comments made Sony fans look like anti-intellectual thugs? This is not helping.

    The only people who’ve hurt Sony are Sony.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. artistadam

    stupid hackers… stick to the PC and leave the consoles alone… we don’t want your kind around here… we bought a console because we showed a commitment to sony, nintendo and microsoft to take our hard earned money for weekends of gaming goodness… we want developers to create worlds for us to explore… you fucking hackers are trying to ruin that experience for us…

    i fucking hate how it takes one person to ruin it for the rest of us… geonot needs to fuck off and stick to PC hacking, where it’s mainstream… leave the consoles alone, we didn’t want any part of hacking and cheating, that’s why we bought a non-modifiable system… if we cared about hacking, we would be on a PC anyways…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. TheWulf

    Is… is that you, back_up?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gama_888

    like the article says though, they can not ban you from psn unless yo give them your id, and i cant think of ANY reason someone would want to give that away unless they were trying to pirate anyway.

    Sony need to do something drastic to sort this shit out, i don’t know what but someone at sony should be able to come up with something?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Big_Boss

    If Sony wants to combat piracy they need to change their tactics. First reinstate “other os” functionality. I think they underestimated the significance of taking away that feature. They need to prove that the PS3 is an open platform, true to its Linux core. The system was compromised to counter what Sony had done, limiting the functionality of the system. Those who pirate games are abusing the hack. It’s not about pirating games, it’s about getting what you paid for. I hope Sony realizes that their tactic of constant patches and banning people will not make the problem just go away.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Old MacDonald

    Heh, this is kind of funny. In a sad way, I guess. Seems removing that OtherOS function was a pretty big mistake, eh Sony?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. pukem0n

    they cant do anything to stop it now…

    #15 4 years ago
  16. artistadam

    @11 – umm, no?? i have no idea who that is, i am kind of new to posting here, but i’ve been checking out the articles here and finally decided to chime in with my opinions on the articles…

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Gama_888

    Saying that hackers only did this shit because Sony removed OtherOS is a bit stupid really, sony removed OtherOS to stop hackers from pirating on their system, they had no choice.
    Obviously if they had done nothing it would not have gotten this bad, but that is done and dusted now, There not going to re-instate the feature.
    They should have just patched up the hole in OtherOS really……

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Withnail

    Yawn. Where the fuck is all this FUD coming from?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Cort

    We’ve yet to see any evidence this is even the slightest bit true.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. theevilaires

    I agree with Cort

    #20 4 years ago
  21. chriswhaaat

    @8 I’m a ps+ subscriber and unfortunately it doesnt auto-update the firmware updates. It only updates games automatically. Well at least with the settings I have, but I did set it to auto-update everything.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. MushroomStamp

    It getting hacked doesn’t effect honest ps3 owners, so I don’t understand why you people get so upset. 360 has been hacked for years and it hasnt’ changed anything.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. urbz2011

    lol OWNED.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. typeface

    Jeez there’s a lot of FUD associated with this. I think most people don’t really get what’s going on.
    Firstly they need the machine id which yeah they can obtain if they hack into a refurbishing warehouse’s accounts or own one. Secondly you can’t just get these ids just like that it’s quite tedious even if you want to just BruteForce and find machine ids. I mean you need to find machine ids here.
    Now for this to work you need a combination of three things. One you need to connect a PSN id with an associated machine. So that way you link a ‘naughty’ id to a console. Two you actually need to link that PSN id and machine id to a reasonable ip where the machine would connect from.

    For instance if say my id is idiotmoron and I used the PSN of innocentvictim, Sony and the PSN would know that I login from a specific ip address. If it’s static it makes things simple, if it’s dynamic there will a region of clarity/uncertainty. Like they’ll know if the machine logged in from Ft Worth and one day suddenly logs in from say China and if the two log ins are within frankly ridiculous time periods. It works the same way how facebook, gmail or anything that requires you to sign in informs you that you maybe hacked. What PSN would likely do is contact the user and then ip ban (which they can do btw) the guilty party. So what the ‘hacker’ can effectively do is ip ban themselves from all future PSN connections. I mean really to perform what they’re saying they also need the ip information and once they get that they’ll need to use a proxy or tunnel.

    The only place where this would work is if it’s done by someone you know, who has access to the knowledge of where you live. But then there’s other things you’ve to worry about than PSN hacks.

    p.s. this sort of thing is also possible in a similar way I’ve said if you’ve installed a pirated copy of any operating system.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. typeface

    lol didn’t realise Robo_1 said practically most of what I was trying to say.

    But honestly there’s too much FUD going on. All this should just prove a few things
    1) If you want to install custom firmware do it from a reliable source and don’t go on PSN.
    2)System crackers and script kiddies rarely are out to help people and if anyone thought otherwise and treated Sony as the big bad they’ve been placing too much faith in humanity. There are no sides or good/bad people here just d-bags, a corporation and some customers.

    @21 it should auto-update the firmware too. it does on most PS Plus machines that I’ve come across. Maybe you need to recheck the settings or contact them because it should auto-update firmware by default unless you’ve disabled auto-download.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Jackie

    i call bullshit on this

    #26 4 years ago
  27. NeoSquall


    #27 4 years ago
  28. KrazyKraut

    it is bs. Dtoid has no real source on their article. so jim better stfu and better start making something different like do pottery.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. get2sammyb

    I cannot believe websites are reporting on this. Especially as though it’s “fact”. While I believe there’s a “possibility” to it, the odds of it actually happening are slimmer than winning the lottery two weeks running. It’s bullshit.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Kaufer

    Apparently it doesn’t work. This method was found to circumvent bannings from COD weeks earlier. Somehow Sony is using a different indentifier other than console ID that Activision uses to ban consoles. You can unban yourself from Activision servers but not PSN servers.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Why can’t sony sue the hackers who exposed this info, including geohot, for millions of dollars that they will now be losing due to piracy, and then accept it’s here to stay, and move on?

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Kaufer

    They are suing geohot but not for money. I think its primarily because they want to see if he could jailbreak jail. =)

    #32 4 years ago

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