• PlayStation hackers reportedly able to unban selves, ban others, turn tables

    Just last week Sony said that those found to have hacked their PlayStation 3 consoles would have their PlayStation Network access "terminated permanently."

    Harsh words that, unsurprisingly, weren't too warmly received by the hacking community. Destructoid is now reporting that not only have those tinkerers found a way to unban themselves, but that they can in turn ban any other console they want. There's apparently a catch, though, with the hackers having to know the unique ID assigned to the other console that they'll be banning, which makes this sound like perhaps the hack is simply swapping a "good" ID onto a "bad" console, but at this point we have no details on the supposed procedure here. Regardless, if some random girl with a cute avatar hits you up on IM and, after a few minutes of casual conversation, asks you for the serial number on your PS3, think twice before handing over those digits.

    Update: We were a little leery about this given Destructoid's lack of a source, and thanks to a note from reader Omega we now have what looks to be the actual source -- indeed this all is sounding rather theoretical.

    Source: Engadget
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Sporkk's Avatar
      Sporkk -
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      I guess you can get the ID from buying a console, instantly reporting it as intermittently faulty and taking advantage of the 28 day return policy...
      Whoops! I said that out loud lol
    1. proforma's Avatar
      proforma -
      My guess: you can guess IDs. Maybe Sony uses datatype Serial for that crap, or multiplies serial with their random number (thats 4).

      Sony should take whats left of their integrity (not much I say) and develop a good PS4 and leave the PS3 hackers alone.