A (dangerous) primer on hardware hacking

Andrew "bunnie" Huang, whose presentation on hardware hacking at ETCON last month was nothing shy of brilliant, is selling his book, "Hacking the Xbox" online for $24.95 (pre-order now and get it for $19.99!). This, after his publisher backed out of the deal for fear of the DMCA.

This hands-on guide to hacking was cancelled by the original publisher, Wiley, out of fear of DMCA-related lawsuits. Now, "Hacking the Xbox" is brought to you directly by the author, a hacker named "bunnie". The book begins with a few step-by-step tutorials on hardware modifications that teaches basic hacking techniques as well as essential reverse engineering skills. The book progresses into a discussion of the Xbox security mechanisms and other advanced hacking topics, with an emphasis on educating the readers on the important subjects of computer security and reverse engineering. Hacking the Xbox includes numerous practical guides, such as where to get hacking gear, soldering techniques, debugging tips and an Xbox hardware reference guide.

"Hacking the Xbox" confronts the social and political issues
facing today's hacker. The book introduces readers to the humans
behind the hacks through several interviews with master hackers.

"Hacking the Xbox" looks forward and discusses the impact of
today's legal challenges on legitimate reverse engineering
activities. The book includes a chapter written by the Electronic
Frontier Foundation (EFF) about the rights and responsibilities
of hackers, and concludes by discussing the latest trends and
vulnerabilities in secure PC platforms.



(Thanks, Chris!)