Incriminating Data No Longer Safe on Xboxes

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Incriminating Data No Longer Safe on Xboxes

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A new forensic toolkit can decode and read Xbox hard drives modified to hold illegal content.

Criminals who traffic in illegal data are very aware that if the police come knocking, their PC is likely the first place they'll search for incriminating evidence. This means finding alternative storage methods is surely a priority. Original Xboxes contain a hard drive and can be modified to act like regular PCs, which can then be used to store illegal content such as child pornography.

The allure of using the Xbox as a storage device for illegal content lies in the fact that the modification leaves no trace on the hard drive or system itself, and that the Xbox uses an unconventional FATX system that makes it difficult to read like a normal hard drive. According to Discover:

"While it's normal for law enforcement officials to confiscate a suspect's Xbox, forensic scientists must then make a copy of the hard drive to analyze its contents (which is the same process that is used when digging for clues on PCs). Without the interface that Collin's [the inventor] tool provides, the bit-for-bit information on an Xbox remains buried, unable to be read by current forensics software."

The program, named XFT, allows for the Xbox hard drives to be read and explored, and also allows for the sessions to be recorded, a big help in proving before a court that the data was not tampered with. Given the abundance of electronics and storage devices in the average household, this technical game of cat and mouse is likely to drag on for as long as criminals can find unorthodox places to stash their data.

And before the fanboys come lurking out, let's keep in mind that only original Xbox fans can be libelously labeled as filth, filthy pedophiles.

Source: www.blogs.discovermagazine.com (Via N4G)

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Michael Grimm:
Original Xboxes contain a hard drive and can be modified to act like regular PCs, which can then be used to store illegal content such as child pornography.

I'm fucked!

I never owned an Xbox, but I find this new disturbing on about 9 different levels.

Psychosocial:

Michael Grimm:
Original Xboxes contain a hard drive and can be modified to act like regular PCs, which can then be used to store illegal content such as child pornography.

I'm fucked!

Make that 10.

Indigo_Dingo:

Psychosocial:

Michael Grimm:
Original Xboxes contain a hard drive and can be modified to act like regular PCs, which can then be used to store illegal content such as child pornography.

I'm fucked!

Make that 10.

Mission fucking accomplished, eh?

Thank god I stayed with Playstations o.o

Clearly my Xbox has attained sentience and is a pedophile without my knowledge. Thank god you police came to take that mechanical fiend away!

they better not find the xbox I gave to charity last time they filth came sniffing around

Limos:
Clearly my Xbox has attained sentience and is a pedophile without my knowledge. Thank god you police came to take that mechanical fiend away!

Trust me, you should've seen him when we first found him. It was terrifying.

well looks like i found the perfect place to store my plans for world domination...

The cynic in me was about to scream that the Xbox could be tampered with but then I read this:

Michael Grimm:

The program, named XFT, allows for the Xbox hard drives to be read and explored, and also allows for the sessions to be recorded, a big help in proving before a court that the data was not tampered with.

To be honest, I'm surprised that I'm even trying to think of a way out for paedophiles. I cannot see any justification for doing any such act. Also it's one of the few crimes in which you will be eaten alive in prison for.

Psychosocial:

Indigo_Dingo:

Psychosocial:

Michael Grimm:
Original Xboxes contain a hard drive and can be modified to act like regular PCs, which can then be used to store illegal content such as child pornography.

I'm fucked!

Make that 10.

Mission fucking accomplished, eh?

SHIT MAN IF YOU LOSE THAT WHERE AM I GUNNA GET MY FILL?

yeah thats weird, the xbox, I woulda maybe thought the 360 or the ps3 since they seem more... computer-like

but, wow, i wonder who got the idea to even try

"hmmm maybe if i put my child porn in the xbox..."

Wow, I hope i never get raided for no reason, I have an original xbox just lying unused in a drawer ^^

the_tramp:
To be honest, I'm surprised that I'm even trying to think of a way out for paedophiles. I cannot see any justification for doing any such act. Also it's one of the few crimes in which you will be eaten alive in prison for.

I don't know if that's such a good thing anymore. Partially because I recognize the difference between a pedophile (someone who is attracted to children) and a child molester (a pedophile who actually seeks sexual contact with a kid). They aren't the same thing, and treating them as such is unjust. It's like persecuting all straight men for the actions of rapists. The difference between someone who has urges, and someone who acts on urges, means everything when it comes to punishment. So to say a pedophile deserves to be torn apart in prison is wrong in my eyes. Child molesters sure. But considering someone can now be branded a pedophile and sentenced to serve time for possessing cartoon pornography (as with the Simpsons porn case), something where there is no victim or threat, I just can't find myself condemning pedos with the same wrath as molesters.

But back to the OP... I'm a dated old dinosaur. I never even thought the XBox HDD would be any different. If I ever wanted to hide files, it would pan out like what they did in "Hackers"; a shoebox with the stash, hidden in the air vent in the ceiling. Or if I was really thinking, I might stash files on a USB drive, and tape the thing to the underside of the keyboard tray.

Yeah, I'm destined to be busted.

Well, looks like its time to get to work on that toaster HDD.

ila:
Well, looks like its time to get to work on that toaster HDD.

I'll just pimp my Microwave out. That way I can play fallout and make me a casidilla.

Hey, anyone got a used Xbox for sale?

Khell_Sennet:

the_tramp:
To be honest, I'm surprised that I'm even trying to think of a way out for paedophiles. I cannot see any justification for doing any such act. Also it's one of the few crimes in which you will be eaten alive in prison for.

I don't know if that's such a good thing anymore. Partially because I recognize the difference between a pedophile (someone who is attracted to children) and a child molester (a pedophile who actually seeks sexual contact with a kid). They aren't the same thing, and treating them as such is unjust. It's like persecuting all straight men for the actions of rapists. The difference between someone who has urges, and someone who acts on urges, means everything when it comes to punishment. So to say a pedophile deserves to be torn apart in prison is wrong in my eyes. Child molesters sure. But considering someone can now be branded a pedophile and sentenced to serve time for possessing cartoon pornography (as with the Simpsons porn case), something where there is no victim or threat, I just can't find myself condemning pedos with the same wrath as molesters.

Cartoon porno, maybe, but the vast majority of child porn is not cartoon and viewing it is not victimless, even if the intent is to keep urges at bay.

Anyone who has ever downloaded child porn is just as bad as the freak who took the picture.

cobrausn:
Cartoon porno, maybe, but the vast majority of child porn is not cartoon and viewing it is not victimless, even if the intent is to keep urges at bay.

Anyone who has ever downloaded child porn is just as bad as the freak who took the picture.

I'm not saying pedophiles are good people, or that child pornography is in any way a good thing. But that the term pedophile now includes everything from people who were drunk, and pissing on the side of a building when a child happened to walk by, to people who are caught taking photographs in public parks, to the aforementioned guy busted for an erotic picture of Lisa Simpson, a cartoon character that may look underage, but was created in December of '89, making her at least nineteen by now.

A man who sticks his dick in a child deserves the most horrible punishments conceivable. But it sets me on edge when people assume that the term pedophile instantly means this person. It doesn't. There are literal miles between the minimum act needed to be labeled a pedo, and being the guy who diddles kids.

Good thing I don't own an Xbox or have a penchant for child pornography.

Good thing I sold my original Xbox before they invented this.

This is why you never buy an XBOX used.

Pendragon9:
This is why you never buy an XBOX used.

This is why you don't buy any electronics used.

Shit. MY ORIGINAL XBOX WAS USED! Oh well, now somebody else has it third-hand.

Boy am I glad I have my own personal hard-drive made out of an Altoids tin. It's amazing what you can do with those!

Well, they will never check my Pokemon Pearl, thats were I store all my illegal material...

Khell_Sennet:

If the events of this comic actually occurred in the UK, despite the older guy being labelled a "sick fuck" (esp. given his comment), no illegal action would have taken place. Age of consent is a funny thing, but not so funny to the various people involved in it.

Indigo_Dingo:
I never owned an Xbox, but I find this new disturbing on about 9 different levels.

Psychosocial:

Michael Grimm:
Original Xboxes contain a hard drive and can be modified to act like regular PCs, which can then be used to store illegal content such as child pornography.

I'm fucked!

Make that 10.

Make that 11.
Great, now they found out how to...I've got it...
8-TRACK TAPE PLAYERS!
You will never find the locations to the body's!

Good thing I don't have an xbox anymore.

I upgraded to an xbox360 ;)

I think my Xbox has porn on it... No wait... That was my computer...

Pff, you can take a cardboard box and stick a hard drive in it...hell, somebody took a stuffed beaver and made it into a computer!

I III II X4:
Pff, you can take a cardboard box and stick a hard drive in it...hell, somebody took a stuffed beaver and made it into a computer!

And by chance is this beaver for sale? Or are there at least pictures?

I MUST HITE MY CHILD PORN! Erm.. I mean I might go delete some saves on my xbox, its getting a little stuffy in there. (I think I got away with it)

Khell_Sennet:

And by chance is this beaver for sale? Or are there at least pictures?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v600/whysteriastar/beaver.jpg

"Beaver dam emergency drills..."

I III II X4:

Khell_Sennet:

And by chance is this beaver for sale? Or are there at least pictures?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v600/whysteriastar/beaver.jpg

"Beaver dam emergency drills..."

Finally, a computer too cute to smack around when it stops working.

Khell_Sennet:
Finally, a computer too cute to smack around when it stops working.

Two minute response time...not bad.

Anywho, I've seen some rather neat casings for computers ranging from antique TVs to fish aquariums.

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