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Video proof: 360 firmware hacked


Not that it does us any good, but consider the 360 officially hacked. After "months of hard work," a team of hackers from have released video (also here) of a back-up copy of PGR3 running on an Xbox 360 with reprogrammed DVD drive firmware. This comes on the heels of the FW security details being posted on XboxHacker.net. The "new" firmware, which requires a hardware reprogrammer to install, will boot any properly formatted disc with matching CR be data, but does not circumvent region encoding.

As explained earlier, the security flaw that allows this is really in the hardware design, so it looks like hackers are in control of the cat/mouse game from now on, even if MS forces an update via XBL. But don't expect it to show up on Xbins any time soon. TheSpecialist explains the group's noble intentions:

There are no plans to make some kind of tutorial for n00bs. Intention of this site is to get an understanding of how the 360 is protected, not to enable n00bs playing backups.

They hack because they care.

[Via MaxConsole]

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Lino Guerreiro1

3-18-2006 @ 4:14PM

Lino Guerreiro said...

Get a f**king life you idiots! Hip hip hooray! The 360 is hacked! Make way for waves and waves of morons (much like these ones) who will take these modded units online to ruin everyone elses experience. Good job you worthless turds.

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Edwin2

3-18-2006 @ 4:23PM

Edwin said...

you know what i think microsoft was brilliant to delay mass production on their xbox360 i think the y may have done it on purpose to let the hackers mess around with it then they can make a change to the xbox360 i dunno if it's costly to remodify their hardware but it will probably save them money in the future for the next batch of xbox

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Matt3

3-18-2006 @ 4:32PM

Matt said...

Perhaps you're the useless turd Lino? This hack hasn't been released for the masses of idiots and should only allow unmodified DVDs to run. I hate how there are 100,000s of anti-hacking fuckwits who don't even understand the point of it.

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rich4

3-18-2006 @ 5:21PM

rich said...

how do we know that the 360 shown was running the picture on the screen as they don't show much at all and all they show are videos

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Oozer5

3-18-2006 @ 5:48PM

Oozer said...

Something about this video smells fishy to me. From the time the system is turned on to the time the 360 logo leaves the screen is longer than the real deal. Of course that's assuming that what we see on the TV is coming from the 360 shown. There could be one hooked up to the back that the cameraman turns on as he pans from the exposed 360 to the TV. Maybe they don't want to release it to the public because they don't actually have a working hack. They're just faking it all. Just throwin that out there.

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James6

3-18-2006 @ 6:19PM

James said...

#5, that's exactly what I was thinking. The video could easily been faked. The TV could have a second 360 hooked up to the video inputs in the back and the TV is currently displaying the video from the rear video inputs and not the front.

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AA7

3-18-2006 @ 6:27PM

AA said...

like #5 and #6, this video prooves absolutely NOTHING, they could be faking the entire thing. After the whole iPod video incident, its hard to believe anything these days.

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DigitalFirefly8

3-18-2006 @ 6:32PM

DigitalFirefly said...

Yup, that video proves absolutely nothing.

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graf1k9

3-18-2006 @ 7:20PM

graf1k said...

It proves the guy is a moron for leaving a real copy of PGR3 on top of the frigging CPU heatsink.

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Food10

3-18-2006 @ 8:26PM

Food said...

This is for real, it was posted on Xbox - Scene, one of the most reliable and most wary when posting any information about possible breakthroughs in X360 modifications. The guy who figured this out also figured out how to run burnt games on the original Xbox without modding it at ALL! But he never released it because of the possible reprecussions, (hacking on Halo 2 without being banned, being that your booting from the disc modders could mod on disc maps) Shut your mouth if your not informed about these things.

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Clint Thompson11

3-18-2006 @ 9:43PM

Clint Thompson said...

Very interesting. It'd be nice to see them do a '360' around the TV to show nothing else is connected to verify it being authentic.

Even if it is real... no big deal other than the gratification of knowing they have done what they set out to do. Kudos for smart people ;) Maybe MS will hire them.

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SlyEcho12

3-19-2006 @ 4:05PM

SlyEcho said...

This video is FAKE--look at frames 596-599 when he's "flipping" the disk over.

I really don't need to explain it really, you can check it out yourself, it's quite clearly faked.

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play free games13

3-20-2006 @ 1:55AM

play free games said...

Why don't they release it so others can "learn" about how the 360 is protected? Or so others can verify that it works. Agreed, this video proves nothing, it can be easily faked.

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Steve14

3-20-2006 @ 1:27PM

Steve said...

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