The Ban started by MS (Microsoft Starts Banning 360s on LIVE - MS Confirms) is not a technical hacking subject. It is a business decision by MS to stop modified console from going on LIVE based on criterias that may/not be hacking, use/not of backup while on live, modification to hdd files??? all to be confirmed.
It would therefore be better discussed in other forums, but considering its importance and the fact that the hacked firmware is one part of this subject we will allow such discussion in these specific threads:
**All reports on configurations that have been banned/not banned
The site http://www.locallans.com/index.php tracks the banned/not banned consoles and an analysis at http://www.locallans.com/analysis.php .
(also our thread Banned Console Reporting, ALL REPORTS ON BANNED/NOT BANNED HERE)
**Firmware as a source of detection for ban: only discussion about firmware being detected, other theories will go in the next thread
Its Likely That The Firmware Has Nothing To Do With The Bans
--------- GENERAL and theories -----
**All general discussion, news, theories and announcements
----------- Media Stealth --------------
Plse look at Media Stealth: What is needed and How To Verify, (DMI, PFI, Video Partition, Samsung SS) for more infomation in the Backup FAQ Section.
----------- Connectivity Kit -------------
In order not to lose the info and have the same questions asked repeatedly plse keep all discussion about connectivity Kit in Connectivity Kit Questions, All Info/Question/Discussion Here
- Start of ban as of may 2007: No point in opening thread on how to avoid it, or on theories and speculations, when more info is available it will be posted. In the mean time read the existing thread where all the known info is already discussed.
Apparently, this first ban sequence by MS targeted the user with following profile:
- Non stealth solution: Backup not having all stealth components ( Media Stealth: How To Verify, (DMI, PFI, Video Partition, Samsung SS) ) or running a stealth backup on a firmware not supporting such feature (samsung before Xtreme 3 and all Hitachi Xtreme ), and
- Connected to live, even if not playing on live.
Have I been caught by MS? we do not know
If I changed to iXtreme after, will I be caught? we do not know
... , we do not know
WE DO NOT KNOW MORE than non-stealth and connected to Live was the likely basis of detection. Again, no point in asking the same old question, or at the very least keep it in Newbie Chat after doing the most research possible.
What will the future be? will MS pursue further the detection of backups? will they start detecting the firmware itself? will they detect spoof drive? will they detect offline are report when you connect? ...
Obviously no way for anyone to answer your questions on that since only MS knows what they have coming for us.
What can I do now if I am not ban? Best solution based on the info currently available (no guarantee in any way) is to use for your Samsung and Hitachi the lastest iXtreme firmware listed in Releases, Tuturial And Guides with properly made backup (offline only) and your original (if online). You can verify your backup is properly made in Media Stealth: What is needed and How To Verify, (DMI, PFI, Video Partition, Samsung SS)
All new threads not respecting these rules will be merged or closed.
Edited by sosotiit, 10 September 2007 - 11:19 PM.