Sony PSN Consumer Alert Against Unauthorized Software, PS3 Ban Wave
Today Sony Japan (linked above) and in North America have issued a PSN consumer alert against unauthorized software resulting in the start of a PS3 ban wave with PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware users receiving error code 8002A231.
Below is the Press Release, as follows: "Consumer Alerts - Important Notice: Access to the PlayStation Network and Access to Sony Entertainment Network Services
Dear valued PlayStation 3 customers,
Unauthorized software for the PlayStation 3 system was recently released by hackers. Use of such software violates the terms of the "System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System" and the "Terms of Services and User Agreement" for the PlayStation Network/Sony Entertainment Network and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.
Violation of the System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 system invalidates the consumer's right to access that system. Consumers running unauthorized or pirated software may have their access to the PlayStation Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.
To avoid permanent termination, consumers must immediately cease using and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.
In order to help provide a safe, fair, online environment, consumers who we believe violate "Terms of Services and User Agreement" for the PlayStation Network/Sony Entertainment Network or the applicable laws or regulations of their country or region risk having access to the PlayStation Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services terminated permanently."
Those who are a victim of Sony's PS3 banhammer have received the following message in their e-mail after trying to sign in:
"Access to the PlayStation Network and Access to Sony Entertainment Network Services has been terminated.
PlayStation Customer: Notice: Unauthorised or pirated software has been detected on your PlayStation 3 system. This use has violated the terms of both the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Sony Network Services and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.
As a result, your Sony Entertainment Network account has been permanently banned and access to PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network services through your PlayStation 3 system has been terminated permanently."
Below are some related PS3 PSN error codes (via pastie.org/5364247) for those interested:
SCE_NP_COMMUNITY_SERVER_E RROR_PLAYER_BANNED 0x8002a40a
SCE_NP_MATCHING2_SERVER_E RROR_PLAYER_BANNED 0x80022b06
SCE_NP_MATCHING2_SERVER_E RROR_BANNED_CONSOLE 0x80022b28
SCE_NP_CLANS_SERVER_ERROR _BANNED 0x8002280a
SCE_NP_CLANS_SERVER_ERROR _BLACKLISTED 0x80022811
SCE_NP_CLANS_SERVER_ERROR _BLACKLIST_LIMIT_REACHED 0x80022845
SCE_NP_COMMUNITY_SERVER_E RROR_BLACKLISTED_USER_ID 0x8002a411
SCE_NP_AUTH_ERROR_CONSOLE _ID_SUSPENDED 0x8002a227
SCE_NP_AUTH_ERROR_ACCOUNT _SUSPENDED 0x8002a231
SCE_NP_COMMERCE_ERROR_CHE CKOUT_ACCOUNT_SUSPENDED 0x80029435
SCE_NP_DRM_SERVER_ERROR_A CCOUNT_IS_SUSPENDED 0x80029731
Finally, from bigfishbad comes a potential SEN ban evasion method detailed below as follows:
How to Change Your MAC Address and Unban Your PS3 Guide
If you have ever been banned from PSN or if you get banned for using CFW this will unban your PS3, basically Sony can't ban us.
Downgrade to 3.41 OtherOS++
Install Chaos Air Bringer (read the readme)
Change your mac?? (you need a REAL mac address, just go on YouTube and use one who put a video of a fake CFW)
Update to 4.21 CFW and enjoy online again people
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