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The first HD DVD title to hit BitTorrent networks
The results of hacked HD DVD keys turn up as HD DVDs are released on the Internet

Late last year, a hacker claimed to have circumvented the copy protection scheme used to protect HD DVD and Blu-ray content. Just over two weeks after the news broke, the online pirate community is seeing the fruits of hacker labor with the first release of a full HD DVD available for download.

The first HD DVD movie released is Serenity, which weighs in at 19.6 GB. The file reportedly is available in EVO format and is playable with PC-based players such as PowerDVD at full 1080p resolution.

Other HD DVD movies have quickly followed with the release of Pitch Black at 21.37 GB, The Chronicles of Riddick at 24.94 GB and Batman Begins at 24.76 GB. All HD DVD movies released thus far appear to retain all aspects of the original discs, including various audio options and special features.

While PowerDVD is the software of choice to play the pirated releases, PowerDVD’s developer, Cyberlink, has publically stated that it believes that its software is secure and is not a part of the exploit in extracting the title keys used to decrypt HD DVDs.

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Going over the facts
By Nimbo on 1/17/2007 5:25:43 PM , Rating: 5
Actually it was not the original hacker (Muxlix64) who actually did this, he proofed the concept and implemented a java decrypting software useless without keys that he did not provide nor said were to find. After two weeks of the original release, the community was able to find the fist key confirming his claims.
Despite skepticism, 'muslix64' was the real deal. Starting from a riddle posted on (, members on the doom9 forum identified the Title key for the HD-DVD release 'Serenity.' Volume Unique Keys and Title keys for other discs followed within hours, confirming that software HD-DVD players, like any common program, store important run-time data in memory.
What pushed him and others in the right direction was LordSloth who posted (on Jan 13th) the link to the Google scavenger hunt for half a title key based on the text posted on
Where LordSloth found the link I don't know, and I don't know who started the scavenger hunt. The guy posting the scavenger hunt at must have found a title key on his own.
Read from this first post by LordSloth and on-wards:
Now GUI for BackupHDDVD and automatic web retrieving for the keys found so far are being developed by de community. (
Now I know what HD format to buy and with this "extra feature" of backing up HD DVDs other will follow. Will this give HDDVD the victory over BluRay? The answer is yes for me.

RE: Going over the facts
By willow01 on 1/23/2007 1:32:05 AM , Rating: 2
Except now the same or similar technique is now being used on Blu-Ray, so the answer is still unclear.

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