Friday, January 26, 2007

HD DVD and Blu-ray Cracked

AACS has confirmed on its website that the HD DVD and Blu-ray encryption system has been crached:

AACS LA has confirmed that AACS Title Keys have appeared on public web sites without authorization. Such unauthorized disclosures indicate an attack on one or more players sold by AACS licensees...
Ironically, these formats are not anywhere close to becoming the mainstream yet, even with all the help from PS3 and Xbox360. I have always wondered why anyone would spend such significent amount of time and money in media encryption. Since the terminal decryption equipment and media are both in consumers' (hackers') complete control, it's always a matter of time before someone find a way to intercept the communication. IMHO, the right way to stop illegal copies is to make media easily accessible: if I have a legid way to download HD movie for $1 or $2 and play it on my HDTV/PC, why'd I spend 7 days to crack the system?