We don't normally cover hacking and other issues – primarily because we don't believe in giving certain people any attention whatsoever – but this is sort of an FYI for everyone.
After the recent hacking and piracy problems, Sony has decided to take some security steps: first is the upcoming firmware update 3.56, which will include "a minor update that adds a security patch." Firmware update 3.55 was also a security patch of some kind. But something else may be looming on the horizon, as reported by TechEye ; it's the as of yet unconfirmed report that Sony is looking into serial keys. In other words, they will ship unique serial keys with each game it ships, thereby causing a big hurdle for those who wish to steal their products. Unfortunately, this didn't work very long on the PC platform so we'll have to wait and see if Sony comes up with another plan of action.
Also, let's not forget that big publishers like EA and THQ now have the Online Pass program, where you have to enter a code – that is only available if you buy a game new – in order to play online. …how many codes are we going to have to put in? Just to stop the rampant problem-causers? 'sigh' Whatever happened to just playing games?