There’s a new HD-DVD crack in town and there’s nothing the MPAA or the folks who make up all the AACS DRM shite, can do about it. This article from ars technica slid by while everyone, including me, was babbling on about the HD DVD key “09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0” takedown craptakery.
Only a few days after Corel issued a WinDVD update to close the hole opened by AACS hackers, the folks at the Doom9 forums sent word that they have found yet another way around the copy protection for high definition discs. This time, the method involved the Xbox 360’s HD DVD add-on drive to capture the “Volume Unique Keys” as they were being read by the drive itself. Rather than just point out the crack, we’re going to take a closer look at how this crack was accomplished, because one of the hackers involved in the crack says that it’s more or less unstoppable. […]
Despite the technical difficulty of performing this hack, it does offer some advantages in the race to beat AACS copy protection. “They cannot revoke this hack,” said forum member arnezami, who has been at the center of much of the AACS cracking recently. “No matter how many Private Host Keys they revoke we will still be able to get Volume IDs using patched xbox 360 HD DVD drives.”
I highly suggest you read the whole article as it goes into great detail about the crack and how it works. There are even pictures and drawings, yay.
So, MPAA, are you convinced yet that DRM is a useless fart in the wind? Or are your waiting for the “All your DRM are ours” pop-up book?
PS: Yes that is how one spells “debacal”, not debocal or debocale. I had to look it up too.