View Full Version : US Military funds effort to 'Hack' previously owned consoles

03-31-2012, 07:11 AM
In order to dig up gamers info... from overseas markets.


This is a project to hack 'previously owned game consoles in an effort to dig up 'foreign' gamers' online chat room information and other stored data'.

According to website LiveScience, the US Military is trying to fund a project in order to hack previously owned game consoles and dig up gamers' online chat room information and other stored data. Well, according to the article, they won't be targeting "U.S. persons" but consoles used in overseas markets.

U.S. console gamers can breathe a tiny sigh of relief for now, because the current project forbids targeting "U.S. persons." Instead, the Navy wants a California-based company called Obscure Technologies to buy video game consoles bought in used overseas markets, and to create computer forensic tools capable of hacking such consoles.

"This project requires the purchasing of used video game systems outside the US in a manner that is likely to result in their containing significant and sensitive information from previous users," according to a Navy justification and approval notice issued yesterday (March 26).

Obscure Technologies apparently has plenty of experience in hacking game consoles to mine data the company's lead scientist had "previously reverse engineered the Microsoft Xbox," according to the Navy's notice.

And, seems they won't hold any secrets on this so called 'hacking project' as they are going to publish the results at conferences and academic journals.

There is also nothing particularly secretive about the hacking project. The Navy contract specifies that it plans to publicize the results at conferences and publish in academic journals, as well as make open- source software from the contract available to academic researchers.

Weird form of tracking terrorists and enemies?

OFFICIAL SITE: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=fa7296a2e0980fe24aa72c919a665b44&tab=core&_cview=0

NEWS SOURCE: Military hacks game consoles (via) LiveScience (http://www.livescience.com/19306-military-hacks-game-consoles.html)

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