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SlySoft Back with Enhanced BD+ Cracking Software

SlySoft, which earlier this year cracked the much ballyhooed BD+ copy protection, is back again, having reportedly cracked the latest BD+ DRM. It promotes this crack through its AnyDVD HD 6.5.0.2 software release, which is for sale through its Web site.

SlySoft, promoting its BD+ decryption software as being for “Fair Use Rights,” says AnyDVD HD decrypts copy protection on all current Blu-ray movies so that consumers can backup their movies as well as enjoying them with non-HDCP compliant monitors.

The AnyDVD HD program continues to remain a thorn in the side of the movie industry's DRM plans, much to the happiness of many consumers using the program. SlySoft is based in Antigua in the West Indies and publishes copy protection cracking software for a variety of platforms.

[via Engadget HD]

Big Blu-ray Brother Is Watching

Binoculars Sure, by now we've all heard that BD-Live offers a really cool feature set that allows for interactivity.  These kinds of features could never be done in DVD, and offers a real advantage taking the user beyond what is on the disc, and into exclusive content, which is internet based.  Of course, that means that the Blu-ray player needs to have a connection to the world wide web.  While my initial thought is how to snake some CAT 5e cable to the back of a Blu-ray player, that may be the least of the concerns.  Recalling that the internet goes both ways, and Sony just may be using this new level of connnectivity to collect more than a little data on its users.  Is this just paranoia, or one more example of why Sony shouldn't be trusted when it comes to technology?  Personally, if this type of info is being collected, the user should be informed up front, and not find out later.

AnyDVD HD Breaks BD+ Copy Protection

AnydvdhdThe folks of SlySoft are well known for their software to make "backup security copies" of DVDs. The company is now updated its AnyDVD HD software to to copy Blu-ray discs protected with BD+.

AnyDVD HD version 6.4 from SlySoft, besides removing the BD+ protection so Blu-ray Discs can be "backed up," also offers a number of enhancements and fixes. The company seems to have no qualms about what this software is capable of doing.

"Admittedly, we are not really so fast with this because actually we had intended to publish this release already in December as promised," said SlySoft's Peer van Heuen. "However, it was decided for strategic reasons to wait a bit for the outcome of the 'format war' between HD DVD and Blu-ray. On top of that, we first wanted to see our assumptions confirmed about the in the meantime released BD+ titles regarding the BD+ Virtual Machine. We are rather proud to have brought back to earth the highly-praised and previously 'unbreakable' BD+."

"However," continued Heuen, "we must also admit that the Blu-ray titles released up to now have not fully exploited the possibilities of BD+. Future releases will undoubtedly have a modified and more polished BD+ protection, but we are well prepared for this and await the coming developments rather relaxed."

Digg Attacked by HD DVD Hackers

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HD DVD hackers and anti-drm groups  digg community have organized an attack on Digg after the site's decision to remove content related to HD DVD hacking. The hackers posted the encryption keys they found to break HD DVD's DRM. The Riot was so strong at one point that the front page was featuring only posts with the encryption keys. Almost 50 000 Diggs have been registered for HD DVD hacking related posts.

The least we can say is that we had a good example of what is the social web or the web 2.0. Site editors and webmasters just can't do what they want with the content of their sites anymore. This is especially true when you do rely entirely on your users to create the content available on the site. Digg's owner, Kevin Rose, did not say why he took the decision to remove the content from the site. People are expecting an answer from him and the sooner is the better. What king of pressure does he have from Toshiba, AACS, Sony, HD DVD group? We will probably never know. UPDATE: Kevin Rose posted something new about the decision to remove the keys:

We had to decide whether to remove stories containing a single code based on a cease and desist declaration. We had to make a call, and in our desire to avoid a scenario where Digg would be interrupted or shut down, we decided to comply and remove the stories with the code.

But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

The AACS issued new keys recently to stop the leak from WinDVD but this move shows that what the hackers are doing at the present time is hurting AACS to the bone. Otherwise they would certainly not push Digg to do such a bad move.

The power of the masses is incredible. The social web is really getting strong and the big companies will have to start learning about it and to deal with this new reality. One thing is sure though: It's now Digg.com: 0 and HD DVD hackers: 1.

Hackers are Breaking AACS Again

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It took less than a week for the hackers of Doom9 to come out with a new hack to break AACS's DRM. Last week, Corel issued a WinDVD update to close the hole opened by AACS hackers but the same hackers took only a few days to create a new hole using the Xbox 360's HD DVD drive.

Using the drive, they catch the "Volume Unique Keys", as they were being read by the device. The latest attack vector bypasses the encryption performed by the Device Keys—the same keys that were revoked by the WinDVD update—and the so-called "Host Private Key," which as yet has not been found.

This was accomplished by de-soldering the HD DVD drive's firmware chip, reading its contents, and then patching it. Once that was done, the firmware was soldered back onto the drive. A hacker said the hack is more difficult but no matter how many "Private Host Keys" they revoke, they will still be able to get the Volume IDs using the patched Xbox's HD DVD drive.

The image is a simplified high-def decryption diagram, courtesy of arnezami, the hacker of Doom9 behind the latest breach in AACS' DRM. "Kvu" is the volume license key.

Via arstechnica.com

AACS Fights Back: Keys Revoked and Software Update Mandatory!

The Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator (AACS LA) has responded to hack attacks that allow unfettered access to Blu-Ray and HD-DVD content by pulling the encryption keys of PC applications associated with the attack.

The move makes it impossible to play newly released high-definition movies via versions of playback software, including versions of Intervideo WinDVD 8.

WinDVD 8 users need to update their software. The patch will close the security hole by refreshing the encryption keys.

AACS LA said it had worked with manufacturers to revoke affected application encryption keys.

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