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AACS LA confirms the work of hackers

The AACS LA, those behind the advanced access content system protecting HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs, today responded to the recent defeat of its technology.

“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 licensees.”

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 hackers.

“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 not compromised.

“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.



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RE: Hardware Lock
By ncage on 1/26/2007 9:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't really matter if there is a will there is a way. People end up making emulators that emulate the hardware and they can they get passed it. I doubt they will be able to come up with an encryption scheme anytime soon that some of these wiz kids will not be able to crack. The company should also look at the lawsuit against dvd john. Pretty much it failed and it should have failed. Anyone can make the argument that i just want to make backups of my movies. What is that so illegal if your not selling/distributing the content?


RE: Hardware Lock
By darkfoon on 1/26/2007 9:38:56 PM , Rating: 3
http://www.againsttcpa.com/

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.

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 ;)
When all the latest and greatest hardware has TPM chips, will you be willing to use obsolete technology just to be able to have your freedom? What if obsolete hardware is disallowed access to the internet, or new software specifically checks for TPM chips, then will you be willing to live without the latest software, in addition to the latest hardware?

We, as consumers, have to make ourselves heard. So many computer users (read: young people) could care less about these issues; they expect somebody else to be watching out for them, somebody else to fix the problem, or they don't even know or care that a problem exists. Unfortunately for us all, there are too few people who are actually looking out for the rest of the computer world, and without the help of the masses of literate computer users, their voices cannot be heard by the computer industry; they are too small of a group.

I hope I (and Orwell) am wrong.


RE: Hardware Lock
By saratoga on 1/26/2007 9:49:06 PM , Rating: 2
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.


Err, DRM has been around for a long time. The age of not being able to control media on your computer began a long time ago. TPMs don't change anything in that sense.

Regarding controlling your computer, I don't see them having much of anyting to do with that either. A TPM is just hardware. Any software can use it, and anyone can decide not to run software on it. I realize it sounds scary, but it doesn't really have much relevance since you have to opt in. If you dislike it, then don't install MacOS. Problem solved.


RE: Hardware Lock
By mindless1 on 1/26/2007 10:22:44 PM , Rating: 2
YOu are obviously wrong, the intention is clealry that you will have no choice to opt out. Whatever "idea" there was, there is a difference between a concept and actually taking the next series of ACTIONS to try to enforce that idea on equipment someone else owns.


RE: Hardware Lock
By EODetroit on 1/29/2007 10:11:07 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah and I'll be opting out if and when the day comes.


RE: Hardware Lock
By DokGonzo on 1/27/2007 8:32:58 AM , Rating: 2
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 ;)


Then the market will decide. Who will want to buy computers that are so severely crippled that they are not even able to run open source software properly? Oh ye of little faith... This DRM madness will end in a fiasco of epic proportions as soon as the average consumer realizes what MS and company have in store for him...


RE: Hardware Lock
By frobizzle on 1/28/2007 10:03:31 AM , Rating: 2
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Who will want to buy computers that are so severely crippled that they are not even able to run open source software properly?


Actually, that is exactly what is going to happen with Vista. You cannot install unsigned software in Vista. So, how much open source software is digitally signed?


RE: Hardware Lock
By Santiago on 1/29/2007 9:32:00 AM , Rating: 2
Whose ass did you pulled this from?

What you can't install on Vista are unsigned drivers running in kernel mode.

There's nothing in the Vista specification that says you can't install Open Source software, signed or not.


"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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