Despite the best efforts of the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Administration (AACS LA), content pirates remain one step ahead. A new volume key used by high-def films scheduled for release next week has already been cracked. The previous AACS volume key was invalidated by AACS LA after it was exposed and broadly disseminated earlier this month. The latest beta release of SlySoft's AnyDVD HD program can apparently be used to rip HD DVD discs that use AACS version 3.
Five days, that is how long the original post by Kevin Rose has remained online. There are over thirty-six thousand ?diggs? for it. In what is turning out to be an interesting look at the internet, censorship, and DRM management as a whole, the news about this story will not go away quietly in the night. That is assuming it goes away at all.
Drumming up business would seem to be an easy task for those who sell encrypted cellphones in Italy. All they have to do is browse the major newspapers for likely customers.
Piero Fassino, national secretary of the Democratic Left Party, could have benefited from an encrypted phone before comments he made regarding a sensitive bank takeover made the front pages.
Luciano Moggi, the former head of the Juventus soccer club, could have used one, too. His phone conversations, intercepted by investigators and then leaked to the media, led to Italy?s soccer game-fixing scandal.
THE group behind security measures for next-generation DVDs says it has fixed a leak that allowed hackers to discover the keys for unlocking movies on HD DVD and Blu-ray discs.
Makers of software for playing the discs on computers will offer patches containing new keys and closing the hole that allowed observant hackers to discover ways to strip hi-def DVDs of their protection.
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology is having a competition for a new cryptographic hash function.