Hackers have broken the copyright protection on Amazon's Kindle e-reader. The hack allows users to convert Kindle eBooks into an open format so they can be read on other devices. More info at The Register.
The hack began as an open challenge in this (translated) forum for participants to come up with a way to make ebooks published in Amazon's proprietary format display on competing readers. Eight days later, users going by the handles Labba and i♥cabbages had a working program that did just that.
The hack is the latest to show the futility of digital rights management schemes, which more often than not inconvenience paying customers more than they prevent unauthorized copying.