The AACS LA, those behind the advanced access content system
protecting HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs, today responded to the recent defeat of
“AACS LA has confirmed that AACS Title Keys have appeared on
public web sites without authorization,” read a statement from the AACS Web site. “Such
unauthorized disclosures indicate an attack on one or more players sold by AACS
The AACS is taking the stance that the exploit is a
wake-up call to all licensees to ensure that the technology is implemented
securely. PC software players, such as WinDVD, are particularly vulnerable to
“This development is limited to the compromise of specific
implementations, and does not represent an attack on the AACS system itself,
nor is it exclusive to any particular format. Instead it illustrates the need
for all AACS licensees to follow the Compliance and Robustness Rules set forth
in the AACS license agreements to help ensure that product implementations are
“AACS LA employs both technical and
legal measures to deal with attacks such as this one, and AACS LA is using all
appropriate remedies at its disposal to address the attack,“ the statement concludes.
A hacker named “Muslix64” circumvented HD DVD
copy protection during late December, resulting in the release of pirated
copies on the Internet. Less than one month later, the same hacker was able
to crack the
encryption on Blu-ray Discs.
quote: AACS LA founders IBM, Intel Corporation, Microsoft , Panasonic (Matsushita Electric), Sony, Toshiba, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Studios
quote: They're already working on a hardware lock-in that will prevent users from circumventing copy-protection of any kind.
Welcome to the age of you not actually controlling your computer.
quote: We can't always rely upon the open-source community to bail us out of DRM jail, eventually there'll be nothing even they can do because the hardware itself will be against them, and we all know that hardware makes up at least 50% of the computer ;)
quote: Who will want to buy computers that are so severely crippled that they are not even able to run open source software properly?