(release) molecularShell disguised: a way to protect yourself from prying eyes?
I’ve blogged a few days ago about my concern that using HENkaku and related hacks on your PS Vita could lead to Sony taking action, namely banning people, due to the popularity of the recently released hack for PS Vita 3.60.
HENkaku and other homebrew bubbles show up in your activity feed on the PS Vita, meaning your friends (and Sony) can easily know that you’re using the hack. Although that’s been the case for a while with VHBL bubbles, the popularity of HENkaku is what could make this a problem in Sony’s eyes. Hence, to me, the fear of a ban.
Although the easiest thing to do is probably to not use your main PSN account to avoid a ban, Sony could still ban the console itself.
I need to state once again here that so far nobody has ever been banned for using a PS Vita hack, to the best of my knowledge. This includes HENkaku, but given that it was released only a few days ago, the jury is still out for that one.
It seems some people share my concerns. User TerraCadenceRedux over on Reddit shared a folder of “disguised” molecular Shell vpk packages. These are basically the same molecularShell binary (the package installer / ftp server that ships with HENkaku) but with a different wrapper (specifically, an updated params.sfo file) that pretends this is a legit game such as Freedom Wars, Terraria, or Persona 4 Golden.
It is unclear at this point if such cloaking is enough to hide your homebrew activity from Sony (and if it really matters), but TerraCadenceRedux has confirmed that this does effectively report his activity in his friends’ feeds as if he had been playing one of the games instead of using HENkaku.
TerraCadenceRedux has released his molecularShell disguised in several games, so you can pick the one that you like. For security reasons, you might want to do it on your own rather than trust random files on the internet, the process seems completely straightforward, as TerraCadenceRedux states:
Also it should be noted that all you’d need to do to disguise pretty much any other homebrew is copy the param.sfo from one of these vpk files into another homebrew vpk.
It’s worth noting that you cannot play the game that is used as a cloaking device, so choose wisely 🙂
Download disguised molecularShell
You can pick the disguised molecularShell of your choice from TerraCadenceRedux’s MEGA folder here, or as explained above, do it on your own by replacing the params.sfo file (reminder: .vpk files are zip files).
Source: TerraCadenceRedux on Reddit