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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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Acts of Piracy?
By cheetah2k on 1/28/2007 11:09:34 PM , Rating: 2
I think we are coming into an age where "big brother" will be looking very closely at every single one of us connected to the internet. This is very alarming, as we are heading down the road where the privacy of the individual is no longer protected.

Certainly the prices of media out there is very expensive. People are always willing to take the "copy" option especially if you can download it for fee, as opposed to paying a hefty $ price tag.

I would personally like to back up my HD DVD's as I have had situations where my original content has been scratched beyond repair, and I've had to fork out the $$ again for a 2nd copy.

We also shouldn't forget that an act of piracy, is the stealing of something with the intention to receive some form of personal gain - whether it be financial or other.




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