PS3 firmware 3.56 bans Black Ops hackers

A number of Call of Duty: Black Ops gamers were in for a big surprise this week after a recent PlayStation 3 update banned players for hacking or cheating. 

As reported by VideoGaming247, Sony released firmware version 3.56 yesterday, adding a "security patch" to the console. Once detected players are presented with the above message informing them that their console has been permanently banned from the Call of Duty: Black Ops servers.

Despite the fact that the new firmware was hacked within hours, the update represents a significant milestone in the fight against the game's numerous cheaters. The outspoken among those affected have been contesting their innocence with topics of banned consoles appearing across the official Call of Duty: Black Ops forums

The following are just a few of the posts:

CaStR0_21:

How long am I banned for?

"This console has been permanently banned from the Black Ops servers….."

Does this mean forever? Or will I be unbanned after awhile?
IssY_I:
When i want to play black ops it says my console is banned permanently???i have payed 150$ for the Ps3 (i bought it yesterday (used) and just came home with a new copy of b-ops! but why is my system banned?
scaryscar6:
I dont know what happened i was just playin it normally. i installed the patch and played for a while and I went to have my shower and when i came back i was permanently banned! Somone please get me unbanned! It might of been my frineds though because i lent him my ps3 a couple of days ago because his ps3 got YLOD…
prEston124:
Today i got my account back finally an It wont let let me play online idk why it says prem ban i didnt do anything man i miss black ops well looks like i have to get a 360.
Imma_Wreck_You:
Hi i understand all of then terms and conditions of playing call of duty black ops, but my PS3 has been banned.. and i dont understand why? there a few people here who play online in this house but none of us can anymore. how can i get some help? or who do i need to contact.
 
Whether the claims of innocence are legitimate, it's clear that Sony's new firmware means a zero tolerance policy for cheaters.
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There aren't any telling the truth btw...it's a rather involved process to actually get the 15 prestige hack (on an already jb'd ps3) and nobody lends out their ps3...cmon Besides, these are the stupidest people you will find operating electronic devices; besides running around pwning people with your uber toon and godly stats which were certainly being detected (the whole trophy thing ya know?) - this article makes it sound like those who had already got their toons all hacked up with jb'd ps3's actually UPDATED to the 3.56 firmware BUAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Is it the physical console or the users account being banned? If it's the physical console, be prepared for a flood of BO-banned consoles on fleaBay and/or Craigslist, FYI!

I'm sure a huge number of PS3's will hit ebay in the coming days just as the 360's did.... LOL if someone buys one of them things on there they are beyond crazy!!

sava700 said,
I'm sure a huge number of PS3's will hit ebay in the coming days just as the 360's did.... LOL if someone buys one of them things on there they are beyond crazy!!

Depends how cheap it is, some people couldn't care less about PSN.
If the hacks allow access to the GPU and thus allow other OS's to run properly on the PS3 than that opens up things such as HD iPlayer.

I love the you tube vid what a looser haha cheating is why I stopped playing the game can't stand cheating, I might play it again now

I love the smell of ban in the morning. There's nothing worse in online gaming than these little brats. Good to see Sony getting rid of the script kiddies. Feel a bit sorry for the person who bought the PS3 second hand though.

Advis said,
I love the smell of ban in the morning. There's nothing worse in online gaming than these little brats. Good to see Sony getting rid of the script kiddies. Feel a bit sorry for the person who bought the PS3 second hand though.
He didn't buy it second hand. He's full of it. It's his way of explaining it. Instead of the "it was my friend" or "it was one of the people that lives in my house" excuse he used the "it was the last guy who owned it" excuse. If he legitimately bought it used then it really does suck but it just sounds like another excuse to me.

What I dont understand is how do people cheat on consoles? Do they have a modchip that allows them to run homebrew software and hence the cheats? Seems to me a modchip is too risky, especially on a 360 since MS is constantly checking and banning. Not sure about the PS3, I only use mine to watch blu-rays.

It would be interesting to see the number of bans per platform. I doubt they would ever publish this info, but still. From all the complaints about hackers, you would think the number is crazy high. But is there really that many people modifying their consoles just to run an aimbot or speed hack?

Soulsiphon said,
PS3 doesn't need dongles or mod chips now. Probably be a ton more PSN bannings now LOL
How's it done then? I always thought it needed a mod chip too. Seemed risky unless you're a heck of a solderer.

yowan said,
Thats people prefer PCs

I'm a PC gamer myself and that comment doesn't work in my experience.

PC games are also heavilly hacked. I burned my copy of MW2 because of it.

yowan said,
Thats people prefer PCs

Yeah because there are no cheaters in PC games *rolleyes*

Wanna bet there are more CS hackers than all console ones put together?

William said,

I'm a PC gamer myself and that comment doesn't work in my experience.

PC games are also heavilly hacked. I burned my copy of MW2 because of it.

I've been a PC gamer since I was 13 (21 now) and in my experience I agree, PC hacking is worse. Because its easier. MW2 was a massive kick in the teeth any time you went onto a server as the majority had some sort of hacker on.

dave164 said,

I've been a PC gamer since I was 13 (21 now) and in my experience I agree, PC hacking is worse. Because its easier. MW2 was a massive kick in the teeth any time you went onto a server as the majority had some sort of hacker on.

On the other hand MW2 got hacked to **** because they lied to the community and removed certain features.

Good going sony. What's funny is not matter how easy the game, cheaters will still cheat on it. Like L4D2 for example. Everything you do is almost fully automated except yourself but cheaters will still use aimbots or such because they got really bad eyesight and can't aim.

PTO-KiLLaa said,
HELLO TREYARCH I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ARE BANNING PEOPLE FOR HACKING BUT THERES A MISTAKE YOUR BANNING ALOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVENT SO I THINK YOU SHOULD TAKE THE BAN OFF AND LOOK CLOSELY IN TO IT AND JUST BAN THOSE ACCOUNT TRUST ME THEY WONT TRY IT AGAIN SERIOUSLY YOU TOOK IT TO FAR MY PSN IS PTO-KILLA AND IM 11TH PRESTIGE SO THATS OBVIOUSLY NOT 15TH PRESTIGE HACK SO WHY ON EARTH IS MY PS3 BANNED FROM BLACK OPPS TELL ME AND GO AND CHECK FOR YOURSELF SO BASICALLY YOUVE BANNED MY PS3 FOR PLAYING LEGIT ALL THE WAY TO 11TH PRESTIGE 7DAYS PLAYED.

RRRRREEEEEMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMOOOOOOOVEEEEEE THHHHHE BAN ON US LEGIT PLAYERS AND JUST BAN THOSE 15TH PRESTIGE ACCOUNTS THAT PEOPLE OV HACKED

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY TREYARCH TO BE TOTALLY HONEST HERE WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE HACK ITS BECAUSE ITS YOUR FAULT THERES FAULTS IN THE GAME I HAVE NEVER HACKED BUT YUO GOTTA UNDERSTAND IF YOUR GAME AS A DEFAULT IN AND SOME1 FINDS OUT THEREFORE THATS 100% YOUR FAULT NOT THERES BUT TRUST ME IM NOT A HACKER

Investigator said,

This maybe the reason for your banning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0ESVwQ7M30

from http://www.callofduty.com/boar...=kc542v9na9opmcd0gr3a20vbn4


ps: lol!

I think Treyarch is doing that moron a favor by banning him. The dude needs more school and less COD.
He used ONE period in that entire mess.

Holy cow that PTO-Killa is dumb. I hate people who type in all caps and use no punctuation. It's one long run on sentence where you're trying to guess where one thought ends and the next one begins. He deserves to be banned. He sounds guilty to me. Especially in the last paragraph where he's talking about how it's their " FAULT THERES FAULTS IN THE GAME"....yet mind you "I HAVE NEVER HACKED BUT YUO GOTTA UNDERSTAND IF YOUR GAME AS A DEFAULT IN AND SOME1 FINDS OUT".... It's both disturbing and entertaining.

WOW!! Since this is one of the most anticipated and one of the best selling games of the year people must be pretty ****ed when they got banned!

Cheating online is just the lowest form of low. I mean, who is so wussified that they can't handle playing a game and NOT winning every game? If you score well, why cheat? And if you don't, play some more and PRACTICE. CoD isn't rocket (launcher) science, after all...

excalpius said,
Cheating online is just the lowest form of low. I mean, who is so wussified that they can't handle playing a game and NOT winning every game? If you score well, why cheat? And if you don't, play some more and PRACTICE. CoD isn't rocket (launcher) science, after all...

I know! I agree with the fact because honestly I played modern war fair and fully completed it without any cheat codes just by playing it 100 times and well it feels good! I didnt get a chance to play black ops since I need a better pc to do so. What I think is a permanent ban seems to much aggressive a temporary ban maybe for a month would do.

thnok said,

I know! I agree with the fact because honestly I played modern war fair and fully completed it without any cheat codes just by playing it 100 times and well it feels good! I didnt get a chance to play black ops since I need a better pc to do so. What I think is a permanent ban seems to much aggressive a temporary ban maybe for a month would do.

A permanent ban on PSN is counter intuitive because its a free service, I expect this to backfire as it will push the hackers into a nothing to lose mode, and they'll eventually circumvent the countermeasures.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
Reminds me of Valve and Modern Warfare 2. Nobody believed them either....

Funny stuff right there, Valve banning cheaters in MW2.

Gaffney said,
I doubt their claims are legit, I gave it to my friends for a few days ?

it's always their friend who they loaned it to or I just bought the system used blah blah same thing happened when Microsoft started banning xbox live accounts

Gaffney said,
I doubt their claims are legit, I gave it to my friends for a few days ?

I'm gonna facebook friend him and borrow his ps3 for a bit too.

What I don't understand is:
Are there ANY Black Ops cheats? I mean the stable jailbreaks were released not long ago and latest jailbreak doesn't let people pirate games.
Or does the new firmware just detect the jailbreak and ban the console not from PSN, but from Black Ops?

RealFduch said,
What I don't understand is:
Are there ANY Black Ops cheats? I mean the stable jailbreaks were released not long ago and latest jailbreak doesn't let people pirate games.
Or does the new firmware just detect the jailbreak and ban the console not from PSN, but from Black Ops?

Homebrew software probably means trainers and aimbots

Subject Delta said,

Homebrew software probably means trainers and aimbots

What? No. That's not how homebrew and game mods work. It isn't like a PC where you can have something running in the background. You usually have to patch the disk image (not sure but I have a feeling it's the same for 360). It is after the fact and you modify code in the game. The Call of Duty series uses DVAR developer values to modify attributes of the maps, gameplay, etc. Figuring out a way to modify these is what people are after usually. In World at War it was easy. They stopped most of it in Black Ops but people got a way around that. The typical modifications are God mode, noclip, etc but have become easier and easier to detect.

The article feels misleading. It says the firmware. I thought devs could push game updates just like the 360?

DarkSim905 said,

What? No. That's not how homebrew and game mods work. It isn't like a PC where you can have something running in the background. You usually have to patch the disk image (not sure but I have a feeling it's the same for 360). It is after the fact and you modify code in the game. The Call of Duty series uses DVAR developer values to modify attributes of the maps, gameplay, etc. Figuring out a way to modify these is what people are after usually. In World at War it was easy. They stopped most of it in Black Ops but people got a way around that. The typical modifications are God mode, noclip, etc but have become easier and easier to detect.

The article feels misleading. It says the firmware. I thought devs could push game updates just like the 360?

I believe trainers where available for the original Xbox, so I see no reason for them not to work on the current one as well. Things can run in the background, how do you think the dashboard remains functional when you are playing a game?