Sony recently published a notice on its Web site warning that anyone who runs unauthorized or pirated software on a PlayStation 3 "may have their access to the PlayStation Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services through [the] PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently."

"Unauthorized software for the PlayStation 3 system was recently released by hackers," the notice states. "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."

"To avoid a permanent hardware ban, Sony advises users immediately delete any and all unauthorised or pirated software from the console," writes VG247's Brenna Hillier.


"The statement comes at the launch of 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' on the Playstation 3," notes Examiner.com's Shui Ta. "The first-person shooter, which will be played by millions online, will most likely be one of the best-selling video games on the system."

"However, the effects of [Sony's] actions may well be short-lived: the PlayStation 3's system software is now completely open and hackers are known to be equipped with a complete list of all the identifying data sent from the console to the server," writes Eurogamer's Richard Leadbetter. "Sony could face a challenge in keeping these banned systems offline if hardware ID spoofer tools become available."