So, we had a new Ninja release for you, but…

December 21, 2013

A few minutes ago, we announced that game Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks has a vulnerability that lets it run TotalNoob’s TN-V4. We had an ongoing Ninja release (letting our community secretly know of the exploited game), unfortunately it seems Sony was made aware of the release, and pulled the game from their store before we could announce it publicly. At this point, as far as I can tell, and based on information from The Z, the game has been pulled from all stores where it was available.

If somehow you are lucky enough to still be able to grab the game, good for you (Keep in mind that it’s that specific game, not any other one in the series). Most likely though, this is over.

I can’t know for sure how Sony was made aware of this release, but it is probably a combination of factors. This just confirms that the best way for you to get the ninja releases in time is to regularly check your account on /talk. All of our /talk members were made aware of the release up to several days before it was removed from the stores.

Skip the rest of the article if you don’t feel like reading a rant today.

I’d like to come back a bit to leaks. We regularly see two types of leaks: people who think they are “helping” by spreading the information, and people who think we are an elitist site trying to keep the information just for a few selected people; these guys typically decide to spread the information widely, in this blog’s comment, or on 4chan, etc…

Please be aware that both types of leaks are harmful to the release and to the community, and we take action against all leakers, independently of their intent. Leak in the comments of this blog, in PM on neogaf, on 4chan, or anywhere else, and there’s a chance you won’t get the release at all next time, or worse.

It is not that we don’t want the information to spread, it’s that we want it to spread in a controlled way: the people *you* trust in your community are not the people *we* decided to trust with the information.

The choice is up to you of course, but if your goal is really to help, keep that in mind: by leaking the information, you’re not helping.

Eventually, the PSP hackers will all be tired of leaks, and we just won’t share any more exploits at all. After doing about 15 ninja releases in 2 years, we have good statistical information about who we can really trust with the information, and we could decide to share the information with only that limited subset of people (we’re talking roughly a hundred people here). We wouldn’t even mention there’s an exploit; we would enjoy the exploit on our consoles forever, without the community knowing about it. The people really hurt by this will be the thousands of honest users in our community who have never leaked a single time, but have ended in our “not sure we can trust” list (because there’s so far we can go in being 100% sure about 1 single person)

All of the above of course assumes leakers are genuinely trying to help (which I believe is true in the majority of cases). If your goal by leaking is to mess up the community, you succeeded. On the other hand if your goal is to go on a personal vendetta against a specific hacker or me, leaking these releases is not achieving your expected goal: hackers and myself have other exploits. The ones being hurt are the gamers community, not us.

So when I read things such as “f#ck elitism” on a 4chan leak, it just makes me laugh. Calling us elitists, when PSP hackers have collectively released more than 50 exploits on this site over the past 5 years, is beyond inaccurate. By leaking, you are doing exactly the opposite of your intent: since it is more and more obvious we can’t trust 40’000 people with a secret, we’ll just keep the secret to ourselves. Congratulations, you are the one turning hackers into elitists.

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