HD DVD hacker just wants to play fair

Why do they bother? The higher the music and movie industries build their copy protection walls, the harder the hackers try to knock them down.Latest

Why do they bother? The higher the music and movie industries build their copy protection walls, the harder the hackers try to knock them down.Latest to cave-in to relentless attack is HD DVD after the (deep breath) Advanced Access Content System Licensing Authority (phew!) admitted that its encryption had been breached.The BBC reports that a hacker known as muslix64 has intercepted several of the encryption keys each disc uses. With key in hand, it's a short step to stripping the movie of its copy protection and other restrictions.However, each key only works for one specific film so not every title is affected.Mr 64 says he just wanted to play his HD DVDs on his non-HDMI equipped monitor, what he terms: 'fair use enforcement'. Unfortunately it does also leave HD DVDs and Blu-ray movies (which use the same system) open to pirating.Given the high price of blank discs and the sheer size of the files, we'd say that's still a while off. Long enough, perhaps, for the industry to come up with another layer of 'infallible' security.

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