Well, the hacks they just keep on coming. Now Microsoft has become aware that their Refurbished Xbox 360 can come under a credit card hack.
Reported within the last several days, researchers at two different universities, Drexel and Dakota State, identified the problem. The upshot is that hackers are able to get credit card data plus personal information when they access the Refurbished Xbox360. To make matters worse, this can occur even if the console is restored back to factory settings and its hard drive is wiped clean. Apparently, this happens when the Xbox is sold as a refurbished model.
Did This Hack Really Happen?
According to Microsoft, after first becoming aware of the problem, they were not able to replicate the hack. In addition, Xbox does not store credit card data locally on the console, and as such seems unlikely that credit card data was recovered by the described method. Moreover, when Microsoft refurbishes used consoles certain processes are in place to wipe the local hard drives of any other user data.
But, the researchers contend that the problem is real. Last year the researchers bought a refurbished Xbox 360 from a Microsoft-authorized retailer. Then they downloaded a basic modding tool, gained access to the console’s files and folders, and eventually extracted the original owner’s credit card information.
What is Modding?
Individuals use a modding tool as a way of modifying a personal computer from its original state into something more personal to the owner. There are many different styles of modding available from futuristic to retro themes. In fact, modding might be as simple as painting the casing of your PC or may be as complicated as rewiring the entire computer, adding additional hardware, and even adding under cooling systems. Software modding tools make other changes to the hard drive or content on the console. It can also to creating new or altered content and sharing that through the web.
For its part, if modding the system can make private and personal information available, Microsoft needs to find why the factory reset option is not deleting the data on a refurbished Xbox360.