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Hackers dissect new Xbox

Hackers working on Microsoft's Xbox video game console say they've already figured their way around hardware changes intended to thwart use of mod chips, which are hacker tools that allow the console to run homemade software and to play copied game discs. British programmer Andy Green, part of the Xbox Linux effort to port the open-source PC operating system to the console, said he and other hackers had needed less than a week to crack the new security systems in the game machine.

Microsoft recently acknowledged it had changed the internal configuration of the Xbox to cut manufacturing costs and deter hackers.

ZDNet U.K.'s Matthew Broersma reported from London.

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