Sony To Hackers: Don't Mess With Us
After we learned that hackers had cracked PS3 anti-piracy software, Sony has stepped up and sent a very clear message: they will "aggressively pursue" anyone caught engaging in that illegal activity.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, SCEA isn't taking any crap. Hackers who get caught could be facing some serious legal action, because this isn't the kind of thing Sony takes lightly.
"Unfortunately, hackers will try to exploit any hardware system software," SCEA spokesperson Dave Karraker said. "The best we can do as a company is to make our security that much stronger and aggressively pursue legal action against anyone caught trying to use an exploit in an illegal manner."
Hackers have managed to crack PS3 firmware versions 1.10 and 1.11, which would allow the to PS3 boot illegal software copies. But while the they got the games to boot, they couldn't get the games to play, which kinda defeats the purpose. This isn't something new to the industry, but it seems Sony isn't going to let anyone off the hook. The policy for all console makers, in fact, is the same: it's basically a zero-tolerance policy in regards to hackers.
Even if they don't pursue legal action, there's a host of other consequences hackers could suffer. Microsoft, for example, has taken strides to ban modded Xbox 360s from Live, and Sony could just as easily do this with the PS3 and the Network. Hackers also risk completely ruining their console, and due to the high price of the PS3, that alone may be a deterrent. Even if it doesn't wreck the system, it certainly voids the warranty.
"Naturally, any use of an exploit on the system software does void the warranty on the PS3 system... Which could be a costly mistake to see if you can run an old SEGA CD game on it," said Karraker.
6/14/2007 Ben Dutka