This hands-on guide to hacking begins with step-by-step tutorials on hardware modifications that teach 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.
Hacking the Xbox also confronts the social and political issues facing today's hacker by looking forward and discussing the impact of 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.
This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Hacking the Xbox ebook for free in PDF format (17.9 MB).
Table of Contents
Voiding the Warranty
Thinking Inside the Box
Installing a Blue LED
Building a USB Adapter
Replacing a Broken Power Supply
The Best Xbox Game: Security Hacking
A Brief Primer on Security
Reverse Engineering Xbox Security
Sneaking in the Back Door
More Hardware Projects
Developing Software for the Xbox
Where to Get Your Hacking Gear
Getting into PCB Layout
Getting Started with FPGAs
Debugging: Hints and Tips
Xbox Hardware Reference