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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 DokGonzo on 1/27/2007 8:32:58 AM , Rating: 2
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
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.

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