has created an downloadable application to decode the key.
The rewards for cracking the key are substantial -- the CEO of Lindows.com has promised $100,000 to the person or group who can get a version of GNU/Linux that runs on the Xbox. That could be done one of two ways: porting Linux to a modified Xbox, or to hack the Xbox key. While most of the press about Xbox hacking has centered around the former challenge, The Neo Project is attempting to tackle the latter -- which would let them boot-up an unmodified Xbox under Linux.
The strength of Xbox's RSA-2048 encryption rests on the prime factors of this 617 digit number:
According to the group, there are currently about 3,500 Neo users, and they have eliminated 776 million possibilities for the encryption key so far.
There is but one solution to any RSA security key, two large primes, and it's been conjectured that determining the solution could take longer than the current age of the universe, given current computing power.