Why we banned Acid_Snake
(Update: yeah, as many of you guessed, that was our obligatory April Fool’s of the year. The site being down for 8 hours on the other hand… that wasn’t part of the plan) I am getting the question a lot these days: Acid_Snake has been banned from our forum and people want to understand why.
Acid_Snake had been helping a lot with our community for years, not only as a moderator on /talk, but also by being one of the most active hackers on the PSP/Vita scene. He has been directly working with many teams and contributed to several of the exploit releases we’ve done recently, in particular the “Arcade pool” exploits.
Unfortunately, it was recently reported to me by trusted sources that Acid_Snake had been selling psp kernel exploits that were not his to share, let alone sell, in the first place.
More details can be found here. To quote:
Allow me to ellaborate on what happened as it was closely related to me and my team’s work.
A few months ago I entered the scene with a friend (who goes by the name 0xdeadbeef, but he’s not registered on the site). We were specially interested in learning MIPS, and what better way to do it than by attempting to find a kernel exploit? a few weeks into our research we were able to produce 6 kernel exploits. We contacted wololo, Acid_Snake and qwikrazor87 to share our findings and ask them to join our team. Initially Acid_Snake was doubtful of our work and even blatantly attacked us and deemed us as “fakers”.
After giving him our kxploit he changed his mind and decided to join. I respected and trusted him, but not long ago he created a giveaway contest (we all know about it). The giveaway seemed innocent enough, until I found out from respectful sources (I don’t want to name them as I don’t want anyone mad at them) that Acid_Snake had been selling our kernel exploits to anyone who “donated” to him 20€.
I immediately told wololo and presented him with the proof. After many negative and disrespectful answers from Acid_Snake, wololo decided to demote him from the moderator group, and since he didn’t want to stop with the bashing on my person, wololo just banned him.
It’s a big drama that hopefully doesn’t lead to anything bad as I now fear for the privacy of our kxploit.
The right move was therefore to ban Acid_Snake and remove his moderator rights.
If you know me by now, you know I’m in this whole hacking stuff for the money, and there’s nothing I hate more than a guy who makes money on other people’s work when I can’t get my share.