updated 11:10 am EST, Thu December 28, 2006
Blu-Ray, HD DVD cracked?
One skilled hacker is already claiming to have defeated copy-protection measures built into new HD movie formats, which were originally designed to stem piracy efforts. A poster in the Doom9 forums says that an application he's developed, BackupHDDVD, bypasses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) encryption found on both Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs, allowing PC users to copy movies directly to their hard drives. The software is currently in a rough state that only supports a handful of HD DVD titles, according to Electronista, but shows that AACS is functionally similar to CSS -- the encryption for standard DVDs that was broken by 'DVD Jon' Lech Johansen in 2002. Johansen himself predicted that AACS would be rendered useless by the end of 2006.