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The Paranoia of PS3 hacking


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46 Responses

  1. cris says:

    untill sony understands that hardware paid is owned by the buyer and if he wants he can make it even a vase,they will loose their market sales.
    i see the example of android or even more the example of wii ,they are very succesfull not for their specs but due to the companies giving breath space to the end-user

  2. jlo138 says:

    You could explain to him the details of the case or what you really intend to do with it. But it also seems he made his mind up already. Maybe he’s worried about Sony getting his information from the console that they would look to him in such events. Sony has him scared.

  3. WhyKlef says:

    It would seem to me that your friend is somewhat sensitive to paranoia… And I don’t say that in a meaningful way but a little logic and basic knowledge would have him understand that he is doing absolutely NOTHING wrong by giving his PS3 and plus, how would he think that Sony reads your e-mails and would then go after him for giving out garbage? (Not literally but in the sense of someone throwing away something they do not use or take advantage of.)

    And also, the new Terms of Condition that his required by Sony would have been signed if he updated the PS3 making him subject to the new terms for any Sony device he would own and would have purchased AFTER the document was legally dated. It would never hold in court if you bought a car, 2 years later the manufacturer sends you a letter, you sign it and the day after, they come and take back your car because you installed new mags and a skirt kit… That’s just not how it works.

  4. yosh says:

    weird friend imho oO

  5. Aizen_Idiot says:

    Who’s Bob?

  6. n00neimp0rtant says:

    “Slowly but surely, companies like Sony are changing the rules of ownership, making it sounds more and more normal that you are not buying hardware, you just rent it, independently of what the law has to say about it.”

    Have you ever read the EULA that you have to agree to every time you update your PSP’s software? It says something along the lines of “your purchase of this device does not give you ownership of it. You are leasing the right to use it.”

    My jaw dropped the first time I read it.

    • wololo says:

      Right. Although they legally have to give the precision that all their claims in the EULA might be completely void depending on the laws of your country.

      It’s something that looks like “To the extent permitted by applicable law….”

      Which is usually another way of saying: “we can only enforce this in the US, but we are 1) too lazy to write different EULA for different countries and 2) we’d rather scare you and rely on the fact that you don’t know the law in your own country”

      • corvis87 says:

        And that is why the vita will probably be the last product I will buy from them. The vita handles all my need for when I travel. With that kind of EULA they better repair all devices for free, but they wont. I hate it when people make up things as they go just because they dont like something. OtherOS was a great feature to use your PS3 as a comuter and play games. Getting rid of it is what really drove people into hacking into it to bring back the feature with better features.

    • Aces says:

      rather convenient that they show you this AFTER you pay for it, which is akin to a car dealer selling you a car at full price, then taking you to court when you give it a paint job.
      never should a contract be legal if it is signed after a purchase, you be made aware of your rights and the terms and conditions before any money exchanges hands.

  7. Raziel says:

    btw, can we expect any hack for 3.56 anytime soon ?

    • Green Ranger says:

      There’s already a 3.56 CFW! But i think you mean a CFW for FW’s above 3.56. Then the answer is no.

  8. skreama says:

    i will send you one where abouts are you?
    just pay shipping

  9. skreama says:

    email me
    screw sony i will prejailbreak it for if you want

  10. dmnchief001 says:

    Geohot was allowed to unlock portable devices but not non-portable devices. Wasn’t that the final court decision? Isn’t the PSVita a portable device?

    • jc_gagrma says:

      No, Sony was not that careless.
      Under the settlement terms, Geohot was forbidden:
      – to use a Sony product in any way not listed in a Sony ToS regardless of signing a ToS for that device or not
      – from reverse engineering/modifying/decompiling any Sony code
      – from developing or using any tools (either digital or hardware) that would allow unauthorized software to run on a Sony product
      – from running unauthorized software (homebrew) on a Sony product
      – from aiding anyone in attempts to do so on a Sony product
      – from distributing any of these

      If he attempted to hack one or help someone hack one would instantly land him in jail for violating the settlement.

  11. svenn.dhert says:

    Honestly I doubt your friend is very smart, sorry. I see your point here, but legally in most countries a console you buy, you do own and unless you are making money of it, or making company’s lose money on a ‘non-fair’ way you have no problem.

    Also, there is no problem if I/anyone else gives you a PS3, for all I care you crack the white house with it, its a public available game console.

    I’d say get smarter friends. But I suppose you are trying to increase the hate campaign against Sony, or try getting a free PS3, anyways, goodluck with that.

  12. deltaechoe says:

    This post reminds me of the futurama episode where cubert and the professor are taken to court for overclocking bender and all the courtroom is reviling them for it

  13. James Way says:

    Sony shmony. If it were not for having FF7 on my ps3 and the possibility of getting it on the vita, along with chrono trigger, I’d have stuck to just my xbox. Microsoft pays hackers to tinker with their stuff; it allows them to note any vulnerabilities before they move up from beta. Sony gets hacked because their security was flawed. Now they know what was wrong and they patched, though knowing them they just opened a whole elsewehere. I didn’t even get the PS3 it was gifted about 6 months ago. If someone gave it to me when it just came out I would have asked to return it. Sony is known for faulty products when they just come out, until they patch it up right. Why be the guinea pig? Pay me if you want me to be your testee. Same thing with the vita; I got it as a gift. I was kinda upset, as right now it does nothing I want, or everything my laptop and android phone does, the games are $40 a piece, obviously there are the minis too, and the only good thing that we thought would come out of it is still to be seen, psone games. I was gearing to get any tab with IR, even sony’s looked nice, but I was not interested in the vita, just didn’t tickle my fancy. The only thing going for sony are the hackers that are making their devices worthwhile.

  14. m says:

    [quote]Slowly but surely, companies like Sony are changing the rules of ownership, making it sounds more and more normal that you are not buying hardware, you just rent it, independently of what the law has to say about it.[/quote]

    what other companies are doing this? can you list a few please?

    anyway, i was thinking of buying vita, but now that i see, due to sony’s logic, i can only rent it, i think i will pass.
    congrats sony, you once again manage to loose another customer… even if you make the greatest game of all time, i still wont buy it!

  15. docj says:

    “I’ll just throw it away, and please, don’t email me anymore on that subject.”

    Your friend sounds like an @$$hole.

    He’d be one less friend on my list

  16. Rebel says:

    I have a PS3 that I could share and I haven’t touched it for the past year(s). I will be more than happy to share it with you. If you want otherwise, to do any tests remotely, you can share with me whatever you like to execute and I’ll send you back the results.

    I buy consoles in the first place to open them :P, before getting the console into my home I’ll get my screwdrivers ready. I paid for it, I own it, I can even burry it if I want to right?. As for the legalities (you know what? press Next -> Next -> Next-> Finish) now you can start thinking out of the box.

    I surely respect what you guys do. And I’m hoping to see the day where you’ll make the psp act through your homebrew maybe as phone for calling or somthing. Maybe turn the ps3 to a dish washer as well. 🙂

    Unleash the full potential of these useless devices please!
    Peace Dude.

  17. ISO says:

    whiy u need 3.55 u can run backups ISO on 4.11 jailbrake works onet

  18. Leonhart says:

    Jim is a software engineer…what a shame. “Coward”

    Wololo you are the best!!!

  19. maastersplinter says:

    Get an E3 Flasher and flash it back to 3.55. Then you can run homebrew all day. You can even do a dual boot from 4.11 OFW to 3.55 CFW with it.

  20. Riku says:

    Obviously the next course of action will be to ask bob if he’ll trade his 3.55 or lower PS3 to your 4.11+ PS3

  21. DeadlyData says:

    Wololo you still haven’t added me on MSN, zack6925@gmail.com

    As I said before considering you’ve got an updated PS3 I have a bit of a present for you.

    • wololo says:

      apologies, I use MSN once per year at most, let me find my password again and I’ll add you

      • skreama says:

        did you miss the post where i have said i will gladly give you a ps3
        im a repair engineer and i have spare unit just gathering dust
        i will jailbreak it for you it was a genuine offer
        you just pay the shipping
        its the least i can do for all the VHBL fun i have on my vita

  22. toBsucht says:

    Jim: ..Are you going to destroy it?
    U: No, I just want to run custom stuff on it. ..
    🙂 🙂
    Jim: ..Sony gets access to all your email in court.
    in germany you got a good chance that your employer do this. Most big supermarkets had such a scandal and this was true not only for store manager

    ..I’ll give it to Bob, and he will use it for games!
    sounds like.. *** do you want me to loss my job
    Otherwise, I’ll just throw it away, and please, don’t email me anymore on that subject.
    i guess it´s a hacked psp or a hackable and he don´t want to writte to anyone that he maybe got a lot of backup at his device

  23. gamerb0y says:

    F**K Sony!!! I can do whatever I want with my console..

  24. Yoti says:

    In Russia we may do what we want ^_^

  25. Korben says:

    Actually, this story reflect perfectly one of the main factor which lead to “Why there’re no new *public* exploits and not so many homebrew on the PlayStation 3 hacking/homebrew scene ?”.

    SONY got the very good (and evil) idea to beheaded the main contributors in term of “hacking/reversing”. Geohot, Fail0verflow and last but not least (and with no doubt, the best), Graf_Chokolo.

    The message has been receive by the majority of the PlayStation 3 hackers and the result has been very concluding, for example, Xorloser (one of the most skilled hacker) left the PlayStation 3 hacking/reversing.

    The rest of the hackers/developers were scattered and “frightened”. Some of them decided to quit, some decided to “assemble” and work “underground” and others decided to do something that SONY seems to no care : WAREZ and money (for those who had not noticed, SONY put down the guy who brought back OtherOS, but they do nothing about True Blue or the WAREZ boards).

    So i think the story of Wololo is a good metaphor for what happened to the “PlayStation 3 scene”. But don’t get me wrong, there’re still good contributors and skilled hackers/developers, but in the present state of things (and because of what happened), it will never be the same than before the Empire struck back.

    In conclusion, nice shot SONY and you’re very good at “Mafia business”.

  26. Norml says:

    LEAKS will happen in the future or the authors will release their work anonymously. If it’s about sharing as is always claimed(you shouldn’t want credit), in reality, no credit ever gets given besides some text that most people never even think twice about.
    We appreciate it but…

  27. iso says:

    yes there is 4.11 jailbreak i se on google and the show youtube many say works

  28. Cercata says:

    ” I don’t want any trouble the day Sony gets access to all your email in court”

    AMAZINNG !!!!!!! that’s really America on Terror. Terror to big companies’ lawyers …

  29. Zimond says:

    Sorry, but this friend is a real idiot. If it was your father/grandfather or any other person who is not into computers and stuff i could lightly understand that he might think this could fall back on him, but for someone who uses Linux on a regular basis this is just plane stupid.

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