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XBOX 360's latest hack is leaked to the public, but its usefulness to would-be pirates and warez community is questionable

Early today XBOXIC.com posted an interview with Robinsod, Microsoft's latest problem. Earlier this week we reported that a group of 6 hackers found a vulnerability in Microsoft's newest gaming console, the XBOX 360. This allowed them to boot a copied version of Project Gotham Racing 3.

The man who calls himself Robinsod is part of a group of 6 hackers who have tried to break the copy protection of the XBOX 360. However, according to Robinsod, they are not planning on releasing any specifics on how they went about loading a copied game disc on their consoles for very humble reasons. They did not want to hack the new XBOX to assist in or even encourage any type of piracy but to prove to themselves that they could.

Robinsod also provides some warnings for those who do try to replicate their findings. They will most likely turn their consoles into unusable "bricks" like a sort of "don't try this at home, kids" warning. However, Team Xecuter has planned to release a firmware patching utility for PCs to update the XBOX 360's DVD drive firmware and circumvent the copy protection. There is no word yet on how they are coming along but it should be interesting.

This is not the first time anyone has ever tinkered with the XBOX 360 and succeeded in finding what they shouldn't have been able to. Soon after the gaming system began shipping there was already a way to access the contents of the XBOX 360 hard drive to retreive save games. Soon after that the file system was decoded to allow one to access the structure of a game disc by a coding group that calls themselves "Pi". Though these cracks aren't very useful to the typical gamer they could be starting points to hacking the console and running all sorts of code on it which we have seen with the original XBOX system.

Sony's PlayStation 3 console is set to launch later this year in all major markets. According to recent announcements, Sony will be preloading the Linux OS onto the PS3 which should be very interesting to hackers all around the world. The question will then be "which gaming console will be the most difficult to hack?"





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