HD players hand over DVD keys

A consortium backing the encryption system for high-definition DVDs has confirmed hackers have stolen "title keys" and used them to decrypt high-definition discs. Both the title keys and a number of decrypted films have been posted on peer-to-peer websites, a spokesman for the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Authority said.
The large size of the files and the high cost of writable hi-definition discs made large-scale copying of high-definition DVDs impractical. But the attacks on the new format echoed the early days of illegal trafficking in music files, AACS spokesman Michael Ayers said.

"We want to make sure we address this now. It has a potentially limited impact now but some sobering possibilities," Mr Ayers said. The hackers did not attack the AACS system itself, but stole the keys as they were exchanged between the DVD and the player to strip the encryption from the film. A large-scale failure of AACS could be a threat to the $US24 billion DVD industry, which has started to cool and was counting on next-generation DVD sales to reinvigorate it.

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hmmm... i'm confused... I thought someone already cracked the encryption scheme for HD-DVD :confused:

I even thought neowin posted a news topic about it a while ago... ohh well... crack ain't good for mr memory

the dvd companys make enough money of DVD and CD sales... like ppl dling them is a major loss...
yet again that much for me would blow my usage very fast after 1 movie :S

AH, but there's that word "enough"
You see, how it works is:
The MPAA decides when they have "enough" money, not you. Since they've decided that the answer to that is always going to be "Never Enough", they get to continuously find new and exciting* ways to gouge the consumer. And your job, citizen, is to let them. Or at least that's what the DMCA says.

Eventually, the entertainment industry is going to wake up and smell the lost oportunities, but untill then we have to put up with the death cries of these old dinosaurs. I really wish they'd start with "Reality Television", though: What a waste of bandwidth that crap is.

*Your excitement may vary. Expect two to four weeks for delivery of subpoenas. Offer not valid in Canada.

"Stole" they keys? Nothing was "stolen"; the key is already there, on every user's local machine when playing through these software players. In plain text form... they weren't even decrypted. Maybe profits from the movie companies are "stolen", sure, but come on... The inherent problem here seem to be that software players need to have those keys locally, and even worse currently not even encrypting or hiding them well.

You seem to be unaware that in Hollywood, nothing needs to necessarily make sense in order to be a "fact."
Up is down. Blue is Red. Black is White. Ahnould is a Governor. And, as you already noted, you can steal from yourself something you already own.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. The Mighty and Powerfull MPAA commands you! :nuts: