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CNET News: 'Mod Chip' Design Goes Open Source

Jun 26, 2003, 03:00 (6 Talkback[s])
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"An Australian company that manufactures and sells a 'mod chip' for Microsoft's Xbox video-game console has released the design for the hacking tool under an open-source license.

"Hibana, which makes the DualMod chip and sells it via the AussieChip Web site, began offering a downloadable version of the chip design last week to anyone who agrees to a license that incorporates standard open-source provisions.

"Mod chips are gray-market add-ons that, once soldered onto the main circuit board of a video-game console, bypass security systems in the machines. The chips allow hackers to run homemade software and import games on a console, along with enabling playback of illegally copied game discs..."

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