Sony Japan classes custom PS3 firmware as malware

first_imgThe 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.More at SCEJ (translated), via TheSixthAxislast_img