South African Cops Make First-Ever Raid Of PS3 Jailbreak Operation

South African Cops Make First-Ever Raid Of PS3 Jailbreak Operation

In what is believed to be the world’s first-ever arrest in connection with circumventing a video game console’s security, South African authorities raided a jailbreaking operation in Johannesburg, sending one man to jail and confiscating all kinds of hardware and software the outfit used.

The Commercial Crime Unit of the South African Police Service carried out the raid on Tuesday, according to a police news release, which noted that ” jailbreak devices are used to circumvent the security features on PS3 consoles to facilitate the playing of pirated PS3 games.

“Various state of the art computers, circumvention software packages, jailbreak USB devices, PS3 consoles and hard drives were seized,” the release said. “In addition, fake PS2 games, original PS3 games, believed to be used as masters and documentation were seized.”

World’s First PlayStation 3 Raid Takes Place In Johannesburg, South Africa [eGamer via Game Politics and via Joystiq.]


  • So South Africa has 60 murders a day with a 5% prosecution rate and they choose to go for the easy targets…

    Lazy incompetent corrupt cops. They should be ashamed of themselves.

    • I’m fairly certain the commercial crime unit of the South African police service doesn’t investigate murders.

      • No nor should they, the question you have to be asking is why such emphasis on a relativity “small” victory over a white collar crime in a country overrun with frankly a much pressing rape and murder rate?

        Surely the funds and efforts this “commercial crime unit” (which does not exists in South Africa by the way, the closest thing they got to a specialist task force is a government influenced unit called HAWKS) as you so put it could have been used in a much more productive manner.

        Don’t get me wrong I am glad they caught these people but trying to police a 3rd world country with 1st world “ideals” were there a more pressing matters and lives at hand just doesn’t seem right to me.

          • No all I am saying that it is the trend of South African Police to report on these small victories clearly indicating that their priorities are not where they should be for such a crime infested country.

            I am afraid is a matter of which is the greater evil, a couple of people hacking console gaming systems or a gang of thugs with AK47’s opening fire in a shopping center?

            For South African crime reference sake:

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