Here’s an article that ran in the BBC about Microsoft creating a hack proof XBox 360: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4218670.stm
“We’ve taken security to the hardware level and built it in from the ground up,” said Chris Satchell from the Xbox Advanced Technology Group.
“One of the reasons we went with custom hardware design for all our silicon is that it allows us to build security at the silicon level,” he told the BBC News website.
“There are going to be levels of security in this box that the hacker community has never seen before.” ….
But Mr Satchell admitted no system was fool-proof and that, with enough time and dedication, the security on the Xbox 360 would be broken.
I wonder how long it’ll take to hack the box? I’m thinking perhaps a week. This reminds me of when Sony came out with its copy protected CDs. A visit to the stationary store allows for the hacking of the CD by this method: http://wired-vig.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,52665,00.html
I wonder if this method would work with a Dry-Erase marker so that one could wipe the marker off once the CD has been backed up? I’ve never tried it, permanent marker or Dry-Erase.
Either way, it sounds like MicroSoft has spent a lot of money to keep their new precious from being hacked. I don’t know why. It seems like lots of great ideas come out of watching what the hackers do with their modified systems. I couldn’t image that this really hits their bottom line at all.
Ah well. I’ll have my stopwatch out and started at the release of the XBox and I’ll be listening for the first hack success stories.
Me? I don’t have $299 for a stinking gaming machine plus $50 per game. I’ve got kids to feed.