Seems the final version has been released over at PS2NFO, bearing the name of release group PARADOX. According to the Ownz site, any money donated will now be used for "funding MANY upcoming developments." Funny to finally see who's in bed with who, eh? Apparently, people enjoy having smoke blown up their asses.
Looks like "the scarecr0w is a member of the hacker group CORE. The ID changer has just been spotted over IRC networks with the heading
Unfortunately this console ID changer has been released. For those of you that donated to the ps2ownz version we highly reccomend requesting your money back through paypal or from CJPC. If they refuse then report email@example.com to paypals fraud investigation support for illegal activities. They are still reporting that "As soon as we reach the $500 mark in donations we'll school the world on what a PROPER PS2 ID Changer should look like!" Please note that the version released by The Scarecrow has been confirmed working. Do you really want to pay for another version that has no further functionality other than cosmetic upgrades? Do not support this lameness. DEMAND your money back.
Note that no one here at PS2Scene supports this utility and we will not allow discussions of DNAS hacking on our forums. However, we also do not support trying to extort money from the ps2 userbase for tools that should be free.
Recently I have recieved an email from one with the alias "The Scarecrow" containing a small text about his grievances of the scene(including our site) and most importantly that of ps2ownz. In it he states his disgust towards them collecting money for a certain Console ID changer which only purpose is to bypass Sonys DNAS ban on consoles that illegally enter their online gaming network using pirated games and modchips. There are also some not so nice words for those that would aid in the development of this tool for money and even for those that have so far donated and the ones that show interest in doing so. In this email he also attached a ps2 elf which is a replacement console ID changer. He also notes that the message and binary were sent to others in case i refused to distribute it.
First i would like to clarify something about the writtings of the "The Scarecrow". First, I would like to say that, although i respect his actions and his skills as a coder i do believe this is the wrong way to go about things. Although i do believe it is wrong to collect money for such a thing, i do not however believe releasing this tool does any good for the scene. Many groups for quite a number of years now have mutually decided that online play is their boundary when releasing games. They firmly believe as do I, that those boundaries should never be crossed and that sceners should buy the original game in the first place. Online play only gives them an extra incentive to legally purchase the game.
I would like to respectfully ask anyone who recieved this email along with the ELF to delete it and ask to author not to pursue any other avenues of placing this tool into public hands. Its simply against the creed of the scene. And for those that are pondering wether to donate money towards the other ID changer just dont. Invest that money into some original DNAS games and jump online the good old fashion and right way.
I took a screenshot of the app running in pcsx2. After that i delete it from my inbox and my computer. If this does get released by some other group be warned, any posting or talk about changing your console ID and you will be awarded with a permanent ban from these forums.