CNET News: 'Mod Chip' Design Goes Open Source
Jun 26, 2003, 03:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Becker)
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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..."