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Hackers crack X-Box software

Microsoft’s operating systems aren’t the only products from the company to suffer hacker attacks. Now its new Xbox 360 games console is under threat after hackers claimed to have cracked their way into the software that runs the machine.

 

A group called Team PI Coder says it has found a way to extract the source files of Xbox 360 games as they get loaded onto the console.

 

The targeting of game code is the first move toward hacking the new Microsoft device, and suggests hackers have worked out the file system, though that is still some way from hacking the Xbox 360 itself.

 

In a text file describing the extracted data files, Team PI Coder said that although not much could be done with the files, it challenged other hackers, coders and crackers “to take up the challenge” and build on its efforts.

 

Some of the smartest developments in software are now in the games space, so it is no real surprise that Xbox retains a fascination for some to try and crack the code. There’ll be plenty of others ready to take up PI Coder’s challenge.


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