Sony Japan classes custom PS3 firmware as malware:

November 14, 2012

Sony don’t cease to amuse with official statements but Sony Japan (Big brother) went a little overboard classifying CFW as MALWARE. Yes and im not the one who is saying this. I think in all of this tornado of bloggers/journalists/etc with half of the information or some sort of propaganda started to spread some basics concepts and used the same bag to include even homebrew users just for fun?..i guess. Sadly the words *the console now is wide open to hackers* and many other BIG WORDS will keep on going until someone realizes that all this is not true but will scare the one who don’t knows the difference between Homebrew and piracy. Funny tough, they label CFW as MALWARE but DRM dongles are still on the concrete jungle and you can buy them on any site you want…that’s not malware?.

To quote:

The PS3′s last software update unfortunately left Sony’s console open to hackers. It didn’t take long for someone to publish a custom firmware that allowed a compormised console to upgrade from v3.55 to the latest v4.25. Not only does that mean recent games can be run again it also allows hacked PS3s back on PSN. Naturally, Sony doesn’t want you running anything unofficial on its console, especially if it allows for pirate games to be run. With that in mind, Sony’s Japanese website has issued a warning to anyone running the custom firmware. The warning requests you “please delete” it as using the firmware breaks the terms and conditions of the licencing agreement as well as voiding your warranty. That’s to be expected, but Sony has decided to refer to the firmware as “malware” as well as pointing out it may result in users being unable to use the PlayStation Network. Many users will argue they’re not using the firmware in order to play pirate PS3 games, but Sony has every right to politely request you revert to an official release. It seems a bit strong, and frankly wrong, to call the custom firmware malware, though.The firmware itself doesn’t constitute a threat to the user, but it could allow malicious code to run on the machine. Issuing such a warning suggests that Sony doesn’t have an easy way of detecting and removing the custom firmware in development. However, using the firmware and connecting to PSN means you are playing with fire and could end up being banned in the not too distant future.


“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.”

The consumer alert goes on to state that, “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.”

[Source] = Geek

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