Modded Xbox 360s jailbroken with 'un-ban' hack?

Modded Xbox 360s recently banned from Xbox LIVE by Microsoft may 'get out of jail free' with the help of a new firmware hack.

A hacker eager to reconnect modded Xbox 360s banned by Microsoft in recent days may be on the verge of releasing a workaround. According to 360Mods (by way of DailyTech), user 'c4eva' has shifted gears from developing Lite-on and Hitachi optical drive mods to creating a firmware rev that would allow modded Xbox 360s to bypass Microsoft's online security tests.

Called iXtreme LT (for 'light touch') the mod's being designed to resemble the Xbox 360's standard firmware while performing minimal security checks. If successful, it would allow gamers with modded Xbox 360s to play custom-burned DVDs as well as illegal versions of games online without drawing Microsoft's eye.

DailyTech initially reported the fix was available, then retracted the story and later published a revised version, noting "No ETA for fix, but modders are hard at work."

Modifying an Xbox 360 isn't technically illegal, but using it to play pirated games is. Some gamers argue the modified systems are only used to create backups of legitimately purchased games, install alternative operating systems, or play DVDs from different regions, though given general piracy rates, it seems likely a majority use the mod chip to access pirated versions of games, or keep illegal copies of otherwise legitimate versions they've sold.

It's still not exactly clear exactly how Microsoft's ban selection works or whether it only affects modded Xbox 360s whose owners actually engaged in illicit activities, but estimates of affected ranged from "a small percentage" of LIVE subscribers to a more significant 600,000 players on up to 1 million LIVE accounts, depending who you read.

DailyTech's sources claim the ban blocks game installations to the hard drive and the Windows Media Player extender, corrupts save games and Gamertags, and disallows the console from accessing Xbox LIVE.

Is it really just a matter of time before someone comes up with a workaround? Will we shortly be referring to Xbox 360s as either "stock" or "jailbroken"?

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Matt Peckham

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4 Comments

Pablo

1

Maybe this modder should be hired by microsoft, if he's this fast at finding a fix to the ban.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyeemtS1jII

Mr. Fool

2

Ban Sweep drives Call of Duty set to become greatest of all time

Think of all those ex-pirates buying new Xbox 360’s and Legal versions of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. This will drive sales of Call of Duty (Activision) to legendary purportions.

Anonymous

3

MISINFORMED

the new ixtreme lt firmware which is yet to be released will NOT unban already banned consoles. it will simply mean that microsoft will have no way to detect unbanned consoles using it, as they are obviously currently able to detect the current ixtreme firmware which is available. there are apparently ways of unbanning consoles which involve cloning certain components of unbanned consoles to be used in banned ones, essentially causing two consoles to be operating under one serial or key which is not banned.

Anonymous

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Ban Sweep drives Call of Duty set to become greatest of all time

On the PS3 console most likely. Microsoft just shot themselves on the foot here. These massive banning that they did will surely cause a misinformed fears among those who are not xbox 360 experts, thus also resulting in a massive migration of choice to another console.

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