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Your original Xbox is no longer a safe place to store kiddie porn


...Or any other so-called "illicit materials."

A computer scientist named David Collins at Sam Houston State University has developed a tool that would allow investigators to easily extract data from an Xbox hard drive for use in criminal investigations. Apparently, some people hide incriminating evidence in game systems in hopes that only searches on PCs would be conducted.

It's actually a little surprising that this is coming out now, for a few reasons. First, I didn't think it was terribly difficult to search game hard drives, even though, in the case of the original Xbox, the hard drive isn't easily removed. Secondly, and possibly more pertinently, this tool is just coming out for a game system that is more than seven years old. Wouldn't the people who are savvy enough to hide illicit materials in their game systems be a little more up on the technology? Is anybody actually hiding unsavory data in an original Xbox?

Still, it's a step in the right direction, and while I feel like it would be more useful to have these tools for the current generation of consoles, if it helps catch just one criminal in its current state, then it's worth it. What do you think?

[via Science Daily]
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About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Darren Nakamura knows several people in the video game industry, most of whom are Destructoid alumni. These include:

Anthony Burch, former writer for Gearbox Software
Ashly Burch, notable voice actor
Nick Chester, publicist for Harmonix Music Systems
Chad Concelmo, writer for Golin Harris
Aaron Linde, writer for Gearbox Software
Jayson Napolitano, publicist for Scarlet Moon Productions
Brad Nicholson, former publicist for Uber Entertainment
Alex Ryan, publicist for Kalypso Media
Jim Sterling, notable voice actor

Darren backs a lot of Kickstarter campaigns! If you want to see what he has backed, you can go here. If he ever reviews a game that he backed, that will be explicitly disclosed in the review.

Darren invested in Psychonauts 2 on Fig.
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