Hackers Successfully Dump Xbox One NAND

/ 3 years ago


Hacking groups don’t hang around these days and with less than a week on the market, there has already been a fairly significant breach of the Xbox One hardware…. whoops.

Piracy is a major problem for many software developers and hardware manufactures and while I personally don’t believe that its all doom and gloom, the end of the industry or any of that nonsense, I do understand why any company would want to protect their investment and reputation. So from an industry point of view, having your console cracked is a big problem.

Konsolen Junkies (Console Junkies) have revealed that the Xbox One NAND is 4.9GB and that it can be dumped using Corona V2 via SD card reader, a similar method to what was used on the Xbox 360. However, to do so, the crystal or ‘quartz’ needs to be disabled. Do note that the NAND files contain drive info and serial number.

This is the first step to getting the console to boot backup discs or unlicensed software in general, as well as homebrew content. Given the very PC like nature of the hardware, it is likely not going to be too difficult to crack, but we shall see.

Of course we don’t condone piracy, but we do love tinkering with hardware to see what else it can do

Previously it was made known by a famous hacker ‘C4eva’, who dumped the data of Call of Duty: Ghosts for the Xbox One on the internet, that the discs can be read. This means that Xbox One is gaining attention from the hackers who are able to reach the first step with dumping the NAND. Since the hackers continue to tinkle with the Xbox One, the question is how long till they are able to hack it completely?

Stay tuned with us as we bring you more information as the story develops.

Thank you Gearnuke for providing us with this information.

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  • Milkshakes00

    I think you meant “Tinker” and not “Tinkle” in the last paragraph.

    • Joel Little

      Not the way I’ve been doing it.

  • Michael Scoates

    My view is if you buy it you can play around with it as much as you want as long as you don’t mind the warranty expiring, but if it affects MY gaming (e.g. by driving up the price of software, delaying PC releases, putting dev studios and publishers out of business, making it easier for script kiddies with aimbots to shoot through walls from half-way across the next galaxy) then I’m against it. And funnily enough, after YEARS of watching software prices going up, PC releases getting delayed, watching dev studios and publishers go out of business and getting shot by script kiddies with aimbots through walls from half-way across the galaxy, I’m against it.

    • Deathsmind

      How has game prices increased? PS3 and 360 prices have been $60 for the past 7 years. PS2 and xbox $50 since it came out. PS and dreamcast were $40. Prices increased with the technology. Over 15 years you would think that prices would increase like that. Most games are more complicated now which is the reasoning behind pushing dates back, the games have bugs and instead of releasing it when you want it to, they wait to try and get rid of as many as they can, thats what most developers have always done. Hacking games with aim bots and wall hacks have been around before COD1. Nothing has changed, just how fed up you are now.

    • Lucid Fir

      You are aware that a house worth roughly £100 in 1900 would have been worth roughly £250,000 in 2000? I may have the numbers wrong, but are you capable of extrapolating from that concept what may have happened to the cost of games over the last few decades?

      • Michael Scoates

        I can extrapolate, but there are different market forces acting on houses than games, and they’re incomparable, e.g. house prices fell by 20% between 2007 and 2012.

        The way I see it, last year if I bought a game it would be about 25% of my disposable income, if I buy a game today it’s 30% of my disposable income.

        • Lucid Fir

          Your argument that cost of living has increased relative to income is fair, however your initial point (that I was responding to) was that software prices have increased. I may be wrong, but this article convinced me that game prices have not increased:

          • Michael Scoates

            US$60 is £36, AC4 is currently £48, prices have pretty much stayed flat in the US if you take into account inflation. So where does that extra £12 come from? You could argue localisation/language support/distribution costs etc., and we could bat it back and forth all day like the gentlemen we are 🙂

            Long story short? I hate pirates, though I’m going to come up with more eloquently put reasonings in future. arrr.

          • Guest

   I consider this gentleman’s discussion concluded.

          • Lucid Fir

   I consider this discussion of gentlemen concluded.

          • Lucid Fir

   😀 I may just have to get this game.

          • Deathsmind

            That has everything to do with the cost of distribution to you guys. It was $60 for us this year, $60 for us last year, $60 for us for the past 7 years. There is no extra money its called you dont live in the US or Japan, where games are made. Thats not hackers faults, thats your fault for where you live. Same reason why lots of stuff costs way more for you guys.

  • Andy MacLeod

    Is “Tinkling” with the XBox One the same as P*ssing about with it

  • Jackson

    it would be cool if they could mod it to run a oem windows

  • Zeed

    Well i know one thing:
    Console that will be cracked first will win console wars !!!
    There is many Many MANY people that will buy consle only if its cracked and they can play pirated games.
    I know guys that play only pirated games on 360 cause they dont multiplay. And i see why —> Buy bf4 or CoD for around 50 pounds. Finish single player in 5 hours and they what You gonna do with it ??

  • Neal Swarbrick

    Cracking Hardware isn’t Piracy. If’n it were then Microsoft would’ve had Jtagger’s in Court a long time since. and they ain’t. Cos they can’t. They have no say over what you do with your property i.e your Console. They can fuck you if you Pirate their SOFTWARE but that’s it.

    • Ittybumpkin

      The article did not say that cracking the hardware is piracy. It was saying that it is the first step to allowing people to be able to play pirated games. You cannot play a pirated game on a non cracked system, so they have to figure out how to properly crack the system in order to play crack(pirated) games. Read more carefully next time.