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Microsoft and Paid-Hacking

By Thamer ·
Background: In case you missed it, in early 2002 Microsoft sued to shut down and are currently fighting in court over trademark issues, with Lindows trying to invalidate the trademark on "Windows" and Microsoft charging trademark infringement by the similar-sounding Lindows name. Microsoft's allegation )As I understand it) was that they own the trademark for the word "windows," maintaining that no other company should be allowed to use the word “windows&rdquo and I assume the "indows" sound it carries)

While the judicial system did block Microsoft's request to shut down, a trial is looming for April 2003. At that time, the Judge (or jury) will decide whether Microsoft has a valid trademark for the word "windows" and whether the name is confusing.

But, believe it or not! Michael Robertson, CEO of and the self-proclaimed opponent of Microsoft in this case, last month revealed that he is responsible for a $200,000 reward for hacking into Microsoft's new Xbox video game console. The challenge was announced anonymously in July, offering the money to anyone who could make the Xbox function with the Lindows operating system. As no one accomplished the task so far, Robertson extended the deadline. Wired News, 3 January 2003,2101,57052,00.html

I'm in support of the argument that an individual should have a choise to have and run the software of his choice in his hard drive inhis own home while having his windows open for air to pass thru and that is not the issue over here.

My point is, could it be that paid-hacking is what MS should be confronting? I mean look at the top 10 viruses, the late one the Slammer, aren't they made to exploit the vulnerablities in MS Products so the end-user may have the choise not to trust them? Wha's Microsoft's crime?

Appreciating your comments and thoughts.

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True never yeilds to False!

by Thamer In reply to What's the problem?

Xbox shares 99% of its architecture with a modern PC with 8 GB or a 10 GB hard drive. However the Xbox lacks some PC interface (keyboard and mouse, PC-like BIOS), has some others in addition (a controller for buttons, LEDs) and differs in implementation in some aspects (kernel in ROM, boot sequence, hard disk partitioning, timer frequency, shutdown,). The Xbox kernel is a stripped-down version of the Windows 2000 kernel and has some shortcomings, such as the lack of memory protection and built-in drivers for audio and video. Additionally, the only tool suited for Xbox development is the Xbox SDK, which cannot be legally used by hobbyists. It also runs some stripped DirectX code-base ... and ,... of course , it has some nasty bugs.

Since DMCA forbids circumventing copy protection, what Robertson is willing to develop is an alternative operating system for the Xbox gaming console. The ability of a side product to run unsigned code.

This alone does not make it possible to play pirated copies of games ... but who can guarantee that they (hackers) will not proceed to such goal? ... (You know, true never yeilds to false ... and ... you agree that the call for this "contest" is ... False, don't you?)

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Neo Project resumes Hacking the Xbox

by Thamer In reply to Microsoft and Paid-Hackin ...

It seems the folks at have decided to continue work on factoring Microsoft's Xbox public RSA key.**6
(VNU Net, a British publisher)

"The Neo Project website claimed that attempts to break the encryption algorithm had been resumed, and said: "We're back and back strong!"

The group added: "With the recent media frenzy we stopped the project to research the legal aspect before proceeding any further."

... Oh my!

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