Thursday, January 18, 2007

HD DVD encryption overcomed by hackers

  • Last weekend, a loose-knit coalition of hackers around the world defeated the antipiracy software protecting several high-resolution movies in the HD DVD format.
  • The move could send the technology companies behind the new wave of advanced DVDs scrambling back to the drawing board to improve their copy protection, and prompt Hollywood studios to rethink their alliances in the war between the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats.
  • The new intrusions came less than a month after a programmer calling himself Muslix64 announced in a Web forum that he had unraveled at least part of the HD DVD protection system.
  • Muslix64 released free software that allows users to insert HD DVDs into their computers and make copies of those films without the original encryption.
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