It came to my attention that some websites pretend that there is an Xbox One jailbreak available right now. And they even offer it for free, who wouldn’t want that? Well, the Xbox One JTAG jailbreak offered on these sites is, of course, a fake. So it’s time for us to debunk this.
The site that came to my attention today is ps3portal dot net. I am not directly linking to their site as I wouldn’t want them to get more traffic. Here, just get a screenshot:
Wow, apparently, these guys have everything figured out. From PS4 Jailbreaks to PSN Code generators, and of course the XBox One JTAG Jailbreak. How did we miss such greatness? /sarcasm
The page claims you can download the JTAG Jailbreak for free, install it on a usb key, plug the usb key onto your Xbox One, and it will automatically install an Xbox One JTAG Jailbreak. The Jailbreak, they claim, lets you download all Xbox One games for free. This is, of course, a scam.
Xbox One JTAG Jailbreak – How does the ps3portal scam work?
The scam is extremely simple. The site lets you download a big archive from Mega or mediafire. In some regards, the file looks legit. Inside of the zip archive however, you’ll find another zip, which is password protected. The password can be acquired by going to another site, according to the readme.
Of course, once you go to that other site, there is no password to be found. Instead, you’ll have to fill in a survey, which once complete will supposedly give you the password.
The owners of scam site ps3portal get paid for every survey people fill, and this is how the scam works. Once you fill the survey, there is no password at the end of the line. If there is, you’ll probably find another password hunt inside of the zip file, and have to complete another survey. By the end of the day, you’ll have wasted a good part of your day, and you’ll have made them richer by filling the surveys.
This is a classic way for those scam sites to make money. It goes without saying that all the other “jailbreaks” or PSN Generators they claim to provide are running on the same tricks, and will not actually Jailbreak your console. Best case scenario, you’ll waste time. Worst case scenario, you might end up with a Virus on your PC. In all cases, these guys make money whenever you fill in the survey.
Xbox One Jailbreak – How you could have guessed by yourself that this was a scam
After years on the scene, it’s in general very easy to detect scams like this one. Of course, the first step is if popular scene websites such as our very own wololo.net don’t talk about this Xbox one JTAG Jailbreak, then there’s a reason.
But even without that, some basic technical knowledge could get you a long way. This specific scam claims to be a JTAG hack. the JTAG port is a specific debug entry on some motherboards, that has been useful in the past to hack consoles. But, as the name JTAG implies, hacking a console with a “JTAG hack” (such as the Xbox 360 JTAG hack) assumes you have access to the JTAG port. In other words, a JTAG hack would require additional hardware, a modchip, and/or some soldering skills. You’d need to open the console, access the port, and plug in some sort of device in there.
The JTAG hack on Xbox 360
Here, the hack claims to be a simple copy of some zip file on a usb key. If you’re not plugging anything to the JTAG port, this is *not* a JTAG jailbreak, and therefore the name only, combined with the claimed simplicity if the usb key, should trigger your “***” sensor to the max.
As always, avoid scam websites that pretend they have a solution nobody else knows about. If it looks too good to be true, then it’s a scam. If a site pretends they have a PS4 Jailbreak or an Xbox One JTAG jailbreak that nobody else knows about, ask yourself while major scene sites are not talking about it. The day a valid Jailbreak is out for the Xbox One, you can expect major scene websites such as wololo.net to frontpage the information. We also document up-to-date information on our XBox One Hack page. For the PS4, the infamous “Brazilian Jailbreak” is real, and we have documented it on our PS4 Jailbreak page.
PS3Portal is by far not the only site trying to trick people this way, so be careful, do not enrich scammers, and kindly point people to this debunk article whenever they think they’ve found an “Xbox One JTAG Jailbreak”.
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