AACS fix cracked in a day

Posted on Saturday, Jun 02 2007 @ 23:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
ARS Technica reports the new AACS copy protection fix has been hacked in just a day:
The hacker "BtCB" posted the new decryption key for AACS on the Freedom to Tinker web site, just one day after the AACS Licensing Authority (AACS LA) issued the key. In true tongue-in-cheek hacker fashion, the site posted the 128-bit key as a method of decrypting a small haiku that they placed on the same page, noting that it just might accidentally (wink, wink) be the same key that will decrypt new high-definition discs as well.

The AACS protection method is quite convoluted, and it's worth taking a brief look back at how the cracks have slowly chipped away at its effectiveness...

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