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    Hi,

    Anybody here has tried hacking into a set top box? I have come into possession of one (Humax ND 1000C) and was wondering if any body has tried hacking into its embedded linux OS. Unfortunately this model doesn't even have a serial port connection (forget USB) so I am quite clueless on how to interface it physically with my PC.

    If nothing works, I guess I can at least salvage it for parts...

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    Even a slight discussion on this topic may cause major legal hassles. Hacking set top boxes is illegal and STB sellers and broadcasters (Tata, Reliance, Airtel) can screw the website owners big time. Remember bazee.com, where the owner said he could not keep track of all the things that were sold on the site, yet still had to spend a night in lock-up!
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    legal issues ??

    hacking hardware wont break any laws.. but how u use it makes it legal/illegal,

    and even posting how to hack things isnt illegal ( look at psp,xbox modding/hacking communities/sites)

    its ur hardware u can do watever u want to do..

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    Look into DreamBox , i bet people must have hacked stuff like TATA sky , dish tv etc for free channels ... I think they are over charging anyway.

    Dig some more i bet ull comeup with good info.
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    i don't know if they are running embedded Linux but if they are doing so they must make the make available the source.

    I have seen some big company voilating the GPL
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    Thanks all.

    @mohitm, my intention isnt to profiteer from this, but more to see how can I interface this device to other devices and later may be mod it if possible. But I do agree, that sometimes there's a thin line.

    @all,
    any tips on how to figure out a possible place to interface some comm link - this thing doesnt have any external ports (except of course cable out, av out).

    Rgds,
    sushmair.

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    > its ur hardware u can do watever u want to do..
    But its the embedded software that the OP plans to hack.
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    >i don't know if they are running embedded Linux but if they are doing so they must make the make available the source.
    I haven't read the GPL, but does it say that any application running on top of an open-source Linux OS should be open-source as well?
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    its not a requirmnt that apps running on top of linux must be open source. But the app written heavly use the GPL libraries. The popular example was Qt which was gpl so all app using it must be open source. Thats why Nokia bought Qt and made it LGPL as nokia wanted to use it in new generation platform like s60v5 and Maemo Platform.

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/14187..._for_153m.html
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