Hackers decode Xbox 360 discs

By Derek Sooman on December 20, 2005, 8:07 PM
Some folks who have been busy hacking apart the new Xbox 360 console from Microsoft claim to have worked out how to dump the contents of game discs for the system, allowing them to be copied and examined. However, the hackers have yet to work out how to get these copies to play. Team PI Coder - a Dutch hacker group - has posted details of the file system for the game discs, along with a program to extract files from them and example source code. Should Microsoft be worried? Well, not too much, according to Gamesindustry.biz.

At present, there is no way to run copied games or any form of unauthorised code on the Xbox 360, and the cracking of the disc format is a relatively simple move - since the Xbox 360 merely uses a modified version of the discs used by the original Xbox, whose format is widely understood.

In fact, although several teams around the world are known to be working on breaking the security of the Xbox 360, so far little progress has been made in this regard. The original Xbox was one of the most widely hacked consoles ever, thanks to its PC-style architecture and weak security - both things that have changed on the Xbox 360.




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spike said:
So microsoft CAN make a secure system?(sorry, I couldn't resist).
kisserprostyler said:
They should like let microsoft breath 4 a while, Microsoft already has enough with all the software people steal everyday, but in the other hand the 360 is not cheap stuffso being able to make some backups is not a bad idea
EsTeBaNo said:
Its just a matter of time till they find out how to decode Xbox 360 Discs
nathanskywalker said:
[b]Originally posted by spike:[/b][quote]So microsoft CAN make a secure system?(sorry, I couldn't resist).[/quote]No joke, everywhere you look, microsoft really need to get it togethor. Like that was ridiculously fast.
flavin said:
it wouldnt be possible to hack a 360 disk and turn it into a pc running game would it. i mean if u had a powerfull enough cpu
cyrax said:
With the new processors coming out from amd and intel, coupled with the 7800gtx 512s. playing these games coming closer to reality.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by spike:[/b][quote]So microsoft CAN make a secure system?[/quote]Depends on what "secure" means. I think it's just a matter of time until someone comes up with Linux for X-Box 360.Then again, I haven't heard that WMV3 DRM would have been cracked yet.
asphix said:
All they did was crack the software.. meaning they were able to rip an image of the DVD to their hard disk for copying purposes.Thats like 1/30th of the challange. That is such a small aspect of console hacking its not even funny. The real challange comes through trying to get the console to read a burned disk that is obviously not an original copy among other things.The security on the x360 is VERY robust. Each unit has a key specific to that unit, so that means every and any mod chip needs to be installed specific to that console. No universal mod chip that will work for all consoles.Will people eventually crack the hardware? No doubt. but theres no question that the system is secure and while this is one small step in the right direction for those who want to play games for free (we wont get started on my opinions of that) It is only a very small part of the bigger picture.
Rage_3K_Moiz said:
Yeah asphix I agree. It will happen eventually but it will take time. Although if it does, the 360 will become more popular, maybe even more than the PS3 if they manage to crack it before the former's launch.
nimo333 said:
From what I learned about computers, there is nothing that cannot be cracked or hacked!
mentaljedi said:
[b]Originally posted by nimo333:[/b][quote]From what I learned about computers, there is nothing that cannot be cracked or hacked![/quote]Amen. Its written in the holy book of Hackers and Crackers. It's like the line they repeat and worship. Its probably used as much as Microsoft is used in their sentances.
PanicX said:
Bits are bits. If it can be read, it can be copied.[b]Originally posted by flavin:[/b][quote]it wouldnt be possible to hack a 360 disk and turn it into a pc running game would it. i mean if u had a powerfull enough cpu[/quote]You'd need the source code to recompile it too run on PC hardware. Unless you have a PC with the custom triple core IBM chip on it already.
harib said:
hi everybody,what do i need to run copied games or any form of unauthorised code on the old Xbox (not the 360)
Bartzy said:
I am SURE it will be hacked when it'll be widely available. If there is a demand - people will eventually do it.And no, Microsoft doesn't know how to do secured products. So I'm sure someone will find a leak somewhere...The problem is that maybe it will be too much effort to play in a cracked game, because of all the protections...
DragonMaster said:
[quote]The security on the x360 is very robust[/quote]I'm sure they could find a way to make the encryption codes all the same. Anyways, it wouldn't be too hard to make a machine-specific ModChip.
flavin said:
so this is just ppl who r hacking the system to makes bootlegs playable
doomsweek said:
Good luck to the hacks. Haha.
brownpaper said:
It would be great if somebody could find a way to turn the Xbox 360 into a regular computer like people did for the original Xbox. That would be sweeet!!!
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