The cat and mouse game between the hackers and the AACS Licensing Authority continues as the latest MKB v3 Processing Key is released onto the web.
A BOFFIN in the former Spanish colony of Texas has come up with a simple way of making electronic messages that are impossible to crack.
According to New Scientist, Laszlo Kish at Texas A&M University in College Station has come up with a cunning plan that uses the thermal properties of a simple wire to create a secure communications channel which outperforms quantum cryptography keys. His invention uses thermal noise which is generated by the natural agitation of electrons within a conductor.
A 307-digit encryption key has been broken down into primes and 1024-bit RSA keys are next, according to encryption researchers. Researchers from the University of Lausanne, the University of Bonn, and NTT DoCoMo have broken a new record in discovering the prime factors of a "special" 307-digit number this month, which took 11 months and roughly 100 years of computer time. The number was cracked using the special number field sieve method developed by cryptology professor Arjen Lenstra in the 1980s.
On the surface, encryption has always seemed a no-brainer. Why expose confidential information to prying eyes when you could protect it by scrambling it? But even though encryption technologies have been widely available for more than 10 years, they have been slow to catch on.
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.