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HD-DVD protection cracked after 8 days

This is a nice message for all creators of protections for games or any other software: For months, we’ve heard how bullet-proof the new Advanced Access Content System (AACS) is. This is the system used in Blu-ray and HD DVD discs to protect content stored on disc from illegal duplication. Well, one user has reportedly found a way to decrypt discs protected by the system now and is offering this program for download via the Internet. Someone must be pretty mad out there, spending months developing something which was cracked in few days.

Late yesterday, a user called Muslix64 posted a vague methodology description on a Doom9.org forum. That user also included a link to a YouTube video he’d created, and uploaded a version of his BackupHDDVD software–described as a Java-based command line utility–to RapidShare.com. His approach includes supplying both the volume key and title key in order to decrypt AACS-encoded disc titles. Although there wasn’t many people who confirmed this method really works, almost all servers reported it – Either this user will be gaining a whole lot of notoriety for claiming this feat; or, a whole lot of net fame as DVD Jon experienced it with cracking DVD protection. Why not to get rid of all protections anyway? They are only making lives of these honest people buying software for real money much harder…

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  1. jahova
    December 29th, 2006 | 22:47

    But even with the hd dvd protection broken you need a fairly expensive video card(1600 series ati) and cpu(dual core)to be able to use the hd dvd player software like Power dvd. Or am I wrong? Doess this let you just rip the movie to your hd without watching then allow you to watch it on a capable computer?… with disc in hand of course.

  2. maik
    December 29th, 2006 | 22:50

    thanks for the news :D

    we will get releases like: Idiocracy HD-DVDRip XviD-DiAMOND & Idiocracy Blu-RayRip XviD-DiAMOND

  3. h9290
    December 29th, 2006 | 22:55

    long live piracy :D

  4. old
    December 29th, 2006 | 22:56

    this_is_old_news_ffs

  5. ScytheNoire
    December 29th, 2006 | 22:57

    in the famous words of Nelson from The Simpsons…

    HA HA!

  6. December 29th, 2006 | 22:58

    maik, yeah, it is possible we will get something like this, but if you consider that blu-ray discs have 30 GB or even more, you would need to be sitting on 100 mbit line to download something like this :D

  7. maik
    December 29th, 2006 | 23:10

    i was always renting movies by videoland

    but from the time i got adsl at home 1024kbps (juli 06)
    my friends at videoland miss me :D yesterday i went to wish them a good year

    im downloading movies of 700mb/1,4gb and sometimes 2,1gb
    im patient…

    have downloaded torrents of 14gb, 8,gb :D works good

    but in Greece they are a little bit back with all this Internet thing.

  8. PBoy
    December 29th, 2006 | 23:22

    I though it would have taken longer…

    Cheers
    PBoy

  9. December 29th, 2006 | 23:26

    O.W.N.E.D

  10. December 29th, 2006 | 23:30

    good !

  11. aruthan
    December 29th, 2006 | 23:31

    NICE

  12. jazza
    December 29th, 2006 | 23:39

    hey guys holy crap that was fast!!!!
    wooooo thank u to nerds

    alright then laters

  13. December 29th, 2006 | 23:47

    it has not been cracked.

    http://msmvps.com/blogs/chrisl/archive/2006/12/27/454492.aspx

    We are about 1% there. Still 99% to go.

  14. Jesus
    December 29th, 2006 | 23:58

    Well, to think ahead…
    If this 30gb-movies get rlsed, then it will probably be like.
    Xvid becomes DVDR
    DVDR becomed DVDR9
    And DVDR9(complete) will be DVDR30(HD or BLURAY).
    Now it would be alittle retarded to call it DVDR30, but FULLHD or something. :-) But you get the point.
    At same time, speed is getting faster and hdd is getting bigger.

  15. Sync
    December 30th, 2006 | 00:08

    Well, High Def video are already being distributed over the internet.
    All you need to do is use that x264 video codec and aac audio codec, with some filters and.. here you go, HD-DVD 30GB movie into a small 1.5gb / 2.5gb file, or even smaller.

    All that HD-DVD has, besides almost loss-less h264 video compression is RAW 7.1 audio, and that takes lots of space

  16. maik
    December 30th, 2006 | 00:09

    i still think that a 700mb xvid movie is good quality
    especially if you see on a tv (after burning it on a dvd-rw)

  17. djmaddog
    December 30th, 2006 | 03:37

    well lets say they released 3 movies in one day 30 * 3 = 90Gb to download :) so fcuk it

  18. Saddam
    December 30th, 2006 | 07:42

    Don’t follow the above link it’s a CON!!!!

  19. dio
    December 30th, 2006 | 10:52

    And let’s not forget they make the hardware more expensive. Extra chipsets + extra development time.

  20. FrOz3nD
    December 30th, 2006 | 14:36

    Yowza ! This is our world now . . .

  21. December 30th, 2006 | 16:58

    we knew it would be done one day,
    in my very begining when i started pirating when i had very few people to turn too i had trouble burning a psx game (simple now) i was told by a very close friend, if it can be heard or seen it can be copied :P , and damn was he right…
    I didnt turn my burner off for months :)
    its only time thats in our way not protection

  22. December 30th, 2006 | 18:05

    I’ve been downloading High Definition movies from hdbits.org for months now. Amazing quality, about 4.5GB per movie. Much much better than normal DVDrips…

  23. peter
    December 30th, 2006 | 19:25

    well nom we must wait to crack the HDMI interface to allow playing on illegal movies and the “new” generation video quality is completly pwned

  24. December 30th, 2006 | 19:38

    awww…i love the smell of crack in the morning.

    as in crack i mean software cracks…

    love this site, its always on the ball and keeps me updating in the pc world.

    Can’t wake until the prices on these hd dvd burners go down now and become faster.

  25. December 31st, 2006 | 03:05

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  26. sew
    December 31st, 2006 | 17:01

    ironic. also, why is this URL banned from digg? i tried to dig it and got: url is on the banned submit list. that stinks.

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  29. brokenchristmas
    July 15th, 2007 | 09:20

    humph. if i want to download a movie it usually is very spontaneous, so i want it quick. with this larger size stuff it seems like it would take longer…. who here wants to wait…show of hands please.

  30. bluray
    November 6th, 2009 | 12:18

    Nice information….

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