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Microsoft Battles Pirates With “Silent” Update

Pirates, beware: Microsoft is once again cracking down on pirates and their modded Xbox 360s, and it looks to be extremely effective. The latest update, which happens without the user’s consent, updates the console’s “dae.bin” file.

The update adds unique data to each console, which allows Microsoft to flag consoles and trace the users who distribute their dae.bin file. Users who play discs with the AP 2.5 disc protection will immediately receive a flag on their console, which could then lead to a ban. The update is said to be “silent,” installing automatically without the user being aware of it. Once the update is complete, users who try to play their pirated games will discover an “Unsupported disc” error. Further, users will be banned from online multiplayer.

Back in 2009, it was reported that Microsoft banned thousands of users for playing with modded consoles and pirated games. With this recent silent update, expect Microsoft to be handing out the banhammer at the same rate as in 2009.

Microsoft’s message is clear: Buy the game legally, or face extreme consequences.


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