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Microsoft's sneaky Xbox 360 "update"

In an underhanded move -- some would say, without honor -- Microsoft has covertly patched a security vulnerability in Xbox 360 that allowed hackers to run their own software. Disguised as an "operating system update," the patch seals off the console's non-privileged memory areas, which hackers are using to do such depraved things as write "Hello World" and try to run Linux. The update will be included with all games released after February 20 and is available to download via Xbox Live or the Xbox website (burnable onto CD or DVD). You best grab it before the uncontrollable urge to indulge in naughty hackery takes hold.

Next time, Microsoft, tell us what we're downloading instead of slipping us a patch in an update's clothing. We're on to your shenanigans...

[Via Engadget]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.