Sony has sued the hackers behind a device which is said to allow piracy on the PS3 – sales of the device have been banned whilst the court action proceeds.

Pending legal action by Sony against the Australian developers and sellers of the device has resulted in a temporary injunction on the sale and distribution of the “Jailbreak” device:

[The court] orders that up to and including 31 August 2010, the First to Fourth Respondents and each of them, whether by themselves, their servants or agents, be restrained from doing any of the following acts with respect to all and any Universal Serial Bus devices described as “PSJailbreak” […]:

(a) importing them into Australia with the intention of providing them to another person;
(b) distributing them to another person;
(c) offering them to the public;
(d) providing them to another person; and/or
(e) otherwise dealing in them.

The injunction expires at the end of August – depending on the decision of the court, sales may recommence or may be further halted.

The Australian company which developed the supposed hack, as well as a reseller, have both ceased taking orders in compliance with the order – the manufacturer has apparently even cancelled and refunded all pre-orders of the device.

Perhaps more importantly, the court has also ordered the makers to deliver technical samples of the device to Sony for analysis as part of the case – doubtless Sony engineers will be keen to develop countermeasures based on these samples.

Just what will become of the hack is not clear – the developers have already conceded that it is likely Sony will likely be able to defeat it easily with firmware updates, and without the benefit of a piracy-friendly legal environment it seems likely Sony will be able to drag them through the courts for some time.

Although it has not been conclusively demonstrated by independent parties that the hack actually works as advertised, Sony evidently takes the threat very seriously.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    to bad the ps3 does not even have games worth playing

    Comment by Anonymous

    fail 2007 troll is fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:56 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    O man, and I though I'd finally buy a ps3. I even had plans of buying a few original games I would never miss....

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn it! This is fucking bull shit! Fuck you, Sony, you assholes!

    On a side note, that must mean this was the real deal. :D

    Comment by Anonymous

    I fail to see how this is bad, it's actually quite good. I wish to see how much they are suing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what?

    Fuck Sony!

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    08:13 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No U!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:24 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    better idea, you both can suck my cock.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey that took a while

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:27 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's obvious what they'll do now
    Examine the device so they can fight it with ease, then allow sales to continue
    They'll sell more consoles even if people know Sony have a way of blocking it, people will still hope to get around it

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    Comment by Dreck
    06:19 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, I plan specifically if possible to just get a seperate system and leave it with its current firmware, and use it simply for backups and other homebrew.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is that no? You just proved my point that they'll sell more consoles
    I never go online on my PS3 anyway (I get most of my games on Xbox) so I'm sorted for sticking to my current firmware

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony is too late. See

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    Comment by Myballz
    05:56 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If only they can make a good defense in this case.I remember watching the Jailbrake video the person who made the video said you can make Back-up copy of the games even make Homebrew games on the PS3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:12 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The gates have been opened can't wait till tis mass produced like the DS stuff...they will never block it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 29/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Black Market, here I come...

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    Comment by AmayaOokami
    13:47 29/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they're just trying to make an example out of them for other hackers..if there's one mod there will be others.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 29/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope the court shuts them down for good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 30/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    in your dreams bitch,

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    Comment by Ryuukun
    04:45 02/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too late Sony.
    too bad your precious PS3 is now a pirate haven.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 30/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Huh. It didn't work. Not surprised, really.

    Mysterious Voice: "At least they're pro-active. Better than Microsuck hastily trying to fix the problem when it's too late."

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This reminds me of what they tried to do with the R4 series as well as custom firmware on PSPs. Someone tried to illegalize them and ran into a bit of a roadblock - each of these actually enhances the abilities of the system. For some reason or another, this caused the ban to cease.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    -face palms-

    if they didn't show these devices online to begin with ans sold them secretly this lawsuit could've been avoided

    Avatar of Master Evil The Return!
    10:30 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now thats weird, i swore sony was going to just up the system and kill the device UNLESS sony could turn this to a advantage, by buying the rights, selling it underlow(makes it look like the crackers are the ones selling) and screw everyone later with a update, it sounds crazy but it just mite work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    thank you hacker!
    thank you for hacking ps3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Idiots. What kind of morons would do this and think they could make money off it instead of just telling the public how to do it instead? what a bunch of morons..

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    cause the persons probably had to buy special hardware/spend a lot of money to make it...

    so if you spend 20 000 usd on something would you give it away for free? just saying;.
    only morons think that it costs 0 usd to make a hack.
    and the persons that don't do it for a profit keep it private.

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    Comment by xRif
    13:08 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmm i think its better if they just change the jailbreak into a cheat device like codebreaker or gameshark.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hope they'll find a counter against Sony... don't see why it souldn't be allowed to load "backup"....(paying 60-80bucks for a game you can finish in 4hours is steal! Example? KaL2...)

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    Comment by starsplash
    13:20 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hackers have been trying to hack the PS3 for many years and to no success not because of lawsuits and being sued, but that it was kinda impossible in a sense. But to hear about a hack being successful and being sued because of how stupid hackers were is something to be even more amazed about.

    Im more amazed about how stupid this company is than rather what Sony is doing. Its obveious that sony would sue since its an intrentional sabotage of sony production and products. But for a company like this to release a USB unit to intentionaly hack into the PS publicly in this case is just amazing. They should learn from the Asians on how to do this sort of business.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:51 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sony will lose the case unless they can prove that the PSjailbreak contains technology that they own, and it sounds like it doesn't. This is pretty much just a delaying tactic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It contains code that's gotten signed by Sony software. Software you need a license to use. Simply put, it contains stolen data.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 29/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The R4 is still on sale all over the place in Australia, so I can't say Nintendo were very successful there. Maybe you are thinking of a country where modchips are illegal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:17 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No it doesn't. Whatever news source you have is incorrect.

    The dongle doesn't do much, other than to simulate multiple devices being plugged and unplugged in the console. It doesn't contain a PS3 executable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:43 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not only that, Nintendo were successful with stoping retailers from selling the R4 and that didn't contain a single stolen code.

    Comment by PhillB
    01:56 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I support Yoshi-kun's comment.

    This will only give way for other hacks, some illegal. I didn't expect Sony to feel so threatened.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was allowing ISO's to be run, so it was pretty much already there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh? Sony has enough money to throw out the window again?

    Hacks are inevitable. Everything can be reverse engineered. Why don't they learn their lesson already and go back to being innovative again?

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    Comment by SnooSnoo
    02:18 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a S*ny!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if they had posted them for free. Nothing like this will happen

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How funny.

    It's too late already, as everybody KNOWS how these work already.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    02:16 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really? Sony sue them? I thought they change the PS3 system and tell the Hackers Better luck next time but thanks for trying!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:28 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they tried to do that regularly with the psp... but it usually takes only a matter of days before their firmware/hardware updates are bypassed..

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm surprised they are still trying with the PSP, it's a few years too late

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    Comment by DFC
    02:39 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tell that to my useless 3006 with 6.12 firmware.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:03 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You should follow the scene more, at end of month a tool to run cfw on 6.21 should be released.

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    Comment by Sukunai
    02:13 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Buddy told me he was thinking of buying at 150, selling for 300 and he actually said it would be worth it at 300.

    Hmm myself, 300 equals 4 maybe 5 PS3 games of a top line sort. There isn't 5 top line PS3 titles in my opinion though where my interests are concerned.

    The Nintendo problem with flashcarts is real, as they cost nearly nothing, and deliver every game and there is actually a lot of good games regardless of your interests.

    300 bucks for that doodad, you'd need to be a total fan boy of Sony and likely as such probably already own the games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget that by using it you are likely removing access to the PSN and everything that comes with it (online play, indie games, psx classics and so on).

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    Comment by DmonHiro
    02:38 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bug deal. You want PS2 games, use a freaking PS2. Most PS3 owners had one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:19 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, because we can't play old Atari and SNES games anymore.
    /sarcasm off

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No being poor means you are poor. Saying you pirate because you are poor just shows you are morally debased.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:38 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    And when Sony stops making PS2s and yours breaks, you're fucked. (If you can't find one anywhere else anymore...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. Saying that poor people shouldn't have entertainment they can afford (courtesy of your corporations that exploit our countries) makes YOU morally debased.

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    Comment by alidan
    18:59 29/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i know a poor person, or at least was poor.

    he had fucking nothing and while his mom had no job they had less than 50$ at the end of each month.

    we were still in highschool and she was injured before she got a job, so she was out of a job for almost 5 months, saying fuck him, he should suffer if fucking wrong in my mind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    I'm full aware there are emulators, but, presently, they bite.

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    Comment by alidan
    14:43 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    people say speek with your wallet, well what beter way than to pirate?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:31 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't know being poor means you are "morally debased".

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You obviously are an idiot. If you don't already know, most of the psx games on the PSN are far cheaper than what they cost to legally buy them in a used game store or online unless. Yes I know the people who are so morally debased to buy a PS Jailbreak already have no qualms with pirating psx games.

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