Microsoft v Hackers Xbox 360 Battle Steps Up a Gear

The cat and mouse game between Microsoft’s army of Xbox 360 programmers and the hacking community not only continues, but becomes ever more fascinating.

On the back of the recent announcement that 360 cracking could get a whole lot more difficult due to new disc security measures, some news at the weekend shows that Microsoft is going after the very heart of modding – DVD drive flashing.

According to a discussion thread on the Xbox-Scene forums, two new versions of the Xbox 360 dashboard are actually capable of re-flashing previously hacked drives, erasing the resident custom firmware and replacing it with an official, piracy-disabled alternative.

Very clever stuff.

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