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Kudumbasree project in kerala is planning to hold one day workshop on
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URL : http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/54/30627.html
9 May 2003
'Banned' Xbox hacking book selling fast
By Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus
Posted: 09/05/2003 at 09:32 GMT
Hacker-engineer Andrew "Bunnie" Huang says he's already pre-sold
between 400 and 500 copies of his self-published tell-all "Hacking the
Xbox: an Introduction to Reverse Engineering," weeks before its
scheduled May 27th publication date, despite -- or perhaps because of
-- looming suspicions by some that the book skirts the edges of
"It' s about getting the book out there on principle, because I can't
find a publisher willing to publish it," says Huang. "I think it's
controversial, but not illegal."
With chapters on "Soldering Techniques" and "Installing a Blue LED,"
Huang's how-to may not seem an obvious candidate for joining
Huckleberry Finn and Harry Potter on history's sad list of once-banned
books. But Microsoft, the maker of the Xbox, has taken a dim view of
home modifications of the game console, focusing its litigious ire in
particular on "mod chips" that allow Xbox owners to run software that
Microsoft hasn't approved and licensed. With a mod chip installed,
users can run everything from virtual juke boxes to the Linux
operating system on the game platform -- as well as pirated copies of
Last year, a Microsoft lawsuit temporarily shut down the Hong
Kong-based company Lik Sang, which sold mod chips over the Internet.
And last month, mod chip entrepreneur David Rocci was sentenced to
five months in federal custody for conspiracy to violate the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act. Rocci was the proprietor of a U.S. website
that sold mod chips and helped users locate pirated copies of Xbox
games to run on their modified machines.
Huang says his book describes some types of mod chips -- explains how
they work, and what lessons they offer designers of secure hardware
platforms. For example the "Matrix" chip installs solderlessly over a
test port manufacturers left on the Xbox motherboard. "You don't leave
these test structures on the motherboard, if you want it secure," says
Huang. Another chapter helps readers replace the machine's firmware --
a mod chip trick used by sophisticated pirates and tinkerers. "They
can be used by the pirating community, and they can be used by the
Linux community -- so that one chapter that talks about firmware
devices plays to the Linux community," says Huang. "I believe that
should be a legal activity."
The book also revisits a technique that cemented Huang's reputation as
a hardware hacker last year, which involves building custom hardware
to intercept an encryption key as it crosses the Xbox's internal
high-speed bus. To avoid legal complications, Huang published his
research paper on the technique only after receiving permission from
Microsoft, negotiated with the help of EFF attorney Lee Tien. "To get
the paper published in the first place we had to negotiate a legal
mine field," say Tien, who went on to contribute a chapter on the
legalities of reverse engineering to Huang's book.
But Huang didn't get Microsoft's blessing for Hacking the Xbox, which
goes beyond discussing a single hacking technique. The book aims to
teach readers how to think like a hardware hacker, using the internal
secrets of the game console the way a med school teacher uses Gray's
Anatomy. With the boundaries of federal copyright law, particularly
the DMCA, unclear, Huang says tech-publishing house John Wiley & Sons
got cold feet and withdrew its plans to publish the book sometime
after Rocci's guilty plea.
Wiley didn't return phone calls on the matter.
Unable to find another publisher, Huang elected to sell the book
himself through the Web. He dug into his own pockets to fund a print
run of 1,000 books, which he says will be delivered to his home later
this month. "It'll be only a matter of two weeks when a pallet of
books comes to my doorstep," he says. "Every book will be boxed by my
own two hands."
Huang began accepting credit cards through his website this week,
after already selling nearly half of his initial print run through a
PayPal account. He says he's barely reached the break-even point.
"He's not going to make a huge amount of money," says Tien. "He thinks
that it's worthwhile stuff. That it's interesting, and it's teaching
"Mainly, at this point, it's boiled down to a political battle, for
the freedom to tinker," says Huang. "For my entire life I've been
playing with hardware. This is the first time someone's told me I
can't play with hardware because it's illegal."
MIT grad student shows how to read Xbox security key"
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