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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Blu-Ray and HD-DVD DRM: Hacked

It didn't take long, did it? A hacker who goes by the name of "muslix64" claimed last December that he had cracked the copyright protection system in an HD DVD movie, Serenity. The AACS organization, which is an authority in the domain of content protection, confirmed it recently.

The movie industry is self-delusional if it believes it can use Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology to thwart the copying of digital content, declared Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer of managed security company BT Counterpane.

"They have no credibility. DRM doesn't work. Anybody who knows security looked at this and said, 'So what?'" Schneier told TechNewsWorld. Trying to make digital content copying impossible "is like trying to make water not wet," he added.

With Microsoft having put so much time and money in supporting and re-enforcing these technologies, you have to wonder if it was really worth the time. I have agreed with whomever I spoke about this topic when they said it was only a matter of time before it was hacked.

Related Articles:

IGN Article
TechnewsWorld Article
TheMatt's G.A.S article: "Vista's Content Protection Badness"
Wired: Gadget Lab Blog


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