If you happen to own the Sony PS3 and have flashed a custom firmware on this console, then you ought to take note that there is a very real possibility of Sony’s banhammer come swinging your way. Sony did issue a warning to the masses, touting that they have started to ban accounts and console IDs which were connected to modding activities. Not only that, customized firmware users as well as folks who run select applications which are capable of bypassing certain PSN authentication checks such as “F*ckPSN” have already begun to receive the proverbial boot, so to speak, with a bunch of users reporting the following message identified by the error code 8002A231 upon PSN sign-in:
PlayStation Customer: Notice: Unauthorised or pirated software has been detected on your PlayStation 3 system. This use has violated the terms of both the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Sony Network Services and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.
As a result, your Sony Entertainment Network account has been permanently banned and access to PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network services through your PlayStation 3 system has been terminated permanently.
Sony’s official site gave further explanation, that “to avoid permanent termination, consumers must immediately cease using and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.”