World’s first police raid on PS3 jailbreak operation

Monday, 8th August 2011 01:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Police in Johannesburg last week stormed an alleged piracy ring apparently responsible for jailbreaking PlayStation 3 consoles and distributing pirated games.

Egamer reports the national Commercial Crime Unit discovered and seized “various state of the art computers, circumvention software packages, jailbreak USB devices, PS3 consoles and hard drives” as well as “fake PS2 games, original PS3 games, believed to be used as masters and documentation” during the raid last Tuesday.

One suspect was arrested and held, in what has been called the “first PS3 circumvention arrest in the world”. The case will be tried in the Specialized Commercial Crimes Court.

The South African Federation Against Copyright Theft had made criminal complaints against the organisation, which apparently ran out of someone’s house.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. LOLshock94

    isnt Johannesburg where all the pirates are at?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. NomadsoulZA

    Lol, I stay in Johannesburg and work in the IT Security field :-) I’m not surprised that this kind of activity is going on here. What surprises me is that an actual arrest was made. Well done to the authorities I guess.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. NightCrawler1970

    Most Spammers come from Africa doesn’t look surprised, if Africa got ilegal games and aps…., nail them boys!!!! let them bleed for it…

    #3 3 years ago

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