We rarely talk about the Xbox One hack scene here. But once in a while it’s good to look around and see what other consoles are doing.
With the recent prison sentence of Canadian hacker David Pokora (whose group, among other things, managed to stole blueprints of the Xbox One 2 year ago), I got reminded that the PS4 is not the only console that hackers are looking at, and it got me curious about what was happening on the Xbox side.
Xbox One hack – was anything released in 2014 or 2015?
Every console is the target of hackers, and the Xbox One is no exception. The last time I talked about an Xbox One hack was more than a year ago, and this was about a conversation happening between famous Xbox 360 hackers on an irc channel. It turned out the conversation had never happened, and had been fabricated.
There are also lots of sites publishing click & bait articles on the Xbox One hack, recycling the story above and adding a twist to it to make it look like a fresh story.
What happened since then?
The last Xbox One hack related event that can be found on the net is quite recent: in December last year, a version of the Xbox One SDK got leaked by a hacking group going with the name of H4LT. The file, uploaded on Mega, is still up there and fairly easy to find on various download communities.
This was 4 month ago, and nothing has been released (publicly) since then. We know here at wololo.net that a leaked SDK does not mean much. It could surely give an insight into some of the console’s internals though (and Eurogamer have a great piece on this), but might not be extremely useful for the purpose of a Xbox One hack.
H4LT stated at the time of the leak that the leaked SDK contains information that could potentially help to hack the device. Although it is highly doubtful that just the SDK could lead to anything, there’s a possibility that hackers are hard at work to investigate that, and other leads, for a Xbox One hack. Earlier this year, H4LT stated:
Once the SDK is out, people who have knowledge or has in the past reversed files related to the Windows (8) operating system should definitely have a go at reversing some files in there.Why? Well, the Xbox One is practically a stripped Windows 8 device and has introduced a new package format that hasn’t had much attention. This format is responsible for updating the console and storing applications (Games are under the category of ‘Applications’ on the Xbox One) and is a modification of Virtual Hard Disks. There is no definite ‘exploit’ but from what we have studied and tested, this simple Packaging format could possibly lead us to creating Homebrew applications for the Xbox One.
As always, be aware of spam sites that pretend they have access to an Xbox One hack. At this point, no such thing has been released. To keep you up to date on what’s going on, I’ve created a Xbox One hack page, similar to our PS4 Jailbreak page, that aims at understanding the real and the fake stuff, so you don’t have to do it yourself.
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