Xbox Security Secrets – Hardware Mod Tutorials – Interviews with Master Hackers – The Chilling Effects of the DMCA
(An Introduction to Reverse Engineering) Andrew bunnie Huang
This hands-on guide to hacking was cancelled by the original publisher, Wiley, out of fear of DMCA-related lawsuits. After a period of direct distribution by the author, “Hacking the Xbox” is brought to you by the No Starch Press. The book begins with a few step-by-step tutorials on hardware modifications that teaches basic hacking techniques as well as essential reverse engineering skills. The book progresses into a discussion of the Xbox security mechanisms and other advanced hacking topics, with an emphasis on educating the readers on the important subjects of computer security and reverse engineering. Hacking the Xbox includes numerous practical guides, such as where to get hacking gear, soldering techniques, debugging tips and an Xbox hardware reference guide.
facing today’s hacker. The book introduces readers to the humans
behind the hacks through several interviews with master hackers.
today’s legal challenges on legitimate reverse engineering
activities. The book includes a chapter written by the Electronic
Frontier Foundation (EFF) about the rights and responsibilities
of hackers, and concludes by discussing the latest trends and
vulnerabilities in secure PC platforms.
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Nate Lawson of Cryptography Research, Inc. has pointed out to me an important errata in the book. In figure 7-3, the private and public key labels in the diagram have been swapped. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
My friend Bobby Woods-Corwin just pointed this scary thing out to me: Xbox Hacking is similar to terrorism, at least according to B N. I hope Ashcroft doesn’t have an eye on me.
You may order the Unlimited Edition of Hacking the Xbox from the No Starch press. It is also stocked by major bookstores everywhere (Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Microcenter, etc.). The Unlimited Edition features a snazzy new cover and professionally copy-editted and proofread text (as opposed to my own underground-style Special Limited Edition).