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Hackers Pull One Over on Blu-ray Again

When anyone talks to movie studio executives, the first reason they give for turning to Blu-ray is copy protection. But now that the latest attempt by the Blu-ray Disc Association to stop hackers has failed, is that claim valid anymore?

According to reports, the latest Blu-ray copy protection known as BD+ has been cracked by a group that has long been known for its ability to disable protected media. The group claims that its newly updated AnyDVD software is capable of circumventing all attempts by Blu-ray discs to stop users from copying movies or ripping them onto a hard drive.

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decapitator3470d ago

It never ends and like someone suggested, Sony should not worry about this too much because the winner or the best tech is always subjected to scrutiny from hackers.

Sayai jin3470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

Your right, but you know Sony. You do not get bigger than MS and Sony when it comes to anti-piracy,hacking, etc. They spend althis money trying to deter or make their products hack free, but in the end it is superficia. But they have to gie the effort or they would potray that they have givin in.

yesah3470d ago

true but, many movie developers, will want sony to do soemthing about it. And Sony should.

Lucreto3470d ago

I doubt it was easy as well but who knows maybe BD+ still has a trick up its sleeve but if i doesn't it sure was a long time for it to be hacked.

With the format war over people can't say that fox will go neutral.

decapitator3470d ago

They sure do. They can release a patch and fill in that security hole but guess what ? ... The hackers will go at it again and probably be successful.

Lucreto3470d ago

It will still be a while before they can take advantage of it as BD rewritables are still expensive not talking about the drives and they will need big hard drives to keep downloading movies. My computers are slow and it takes 30 mins to transfer files a 1gb file and off the internet nearly an hour so I won't be able it copy 30gb movie for a while yet.

kewlkat0073470d ago

DVD's, oh how fast technology moves...

Boink3470d ago

it's like CD's vs mp3's all over again, wonder how this will end?

MorganX3469d ago

Given the size of the files required to maintain HD quality and sound, I don't think it's fair to compare BD to MP3, CD, or even DVD. It's going to be awfully hard to move the files around easily. Now we're talking a few gigabytes, instead of DVD quality at 700k-900k.

Also, the find formats that work best at these resolutions with full fidelity sound are not commonly use. I'm sure Sony's not happy, what happened to Music and DVDs won't happen to HD Audio/Video for some time.

Even if we get the bandwidth, the percentage of users who can afford it the first few years will be negligible to piracy.

Does sound good for your backing up your own movies.

TrevorPhillips3470d ago

hackers stop tryin to hack everything you always end up failing just get over it and get a life will ya

giovonni3470d ago

thats the reason why I disagreed with you, hackers are always going to be hackers, and find loop holes in all things. As far as them failing, I think they are pretty successful in that department. The biggest danger right now for blu ray, and you can disagree with me all you want, but the biggest danger is bootlegging of blu ray movies this early in its life cycle. As specially, if the movies hold the same quality of a blu ray dvd priced at almost 30 bucks and works on all blu ray drivers.

Sayai jin3470d ago

Hackers almost always prevail. Sometimes it does not even tke super smrt hackers. Remember when Sony spent millions of dollars on anti-piracy tech in CD's or DVD's ( I cn not remember which one) and soeone deafeated that high end tech with a felt tip marker.

supaflypriest13470d ago

hackers all ways end up failing?? What did i miss something??? How are they failing CD's can be burned, so can DVD's and so will Blu-Ray... Its just a matter of time.

Sarick3469d ago

No the easy one was them defeating the protection in Windows OS's by turning off auto-run

For the most part it was holding down a button when you inserted a CD.

I also remember Sony getting sued for installing root kits in some of their CD's as well. It was something I'm not to fond about them doing.

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mighty_douche3470d ago

(Currently) Hacking BR is futile.

1. Not many people are interested in downloading a 20gb movie of torrent.
2. If ripping and burning is your piracte of choice, not enough people have adopted BR drives for their PC yet.
3. Price, a blank 25gb BR disc costs about £1 less than a BR movie.

Obviously over time this is gonna change, but right now, BR shouldnt need to be overly worried by this news.

kn3470d ago

That's not exactly true, M.D. Blu-Ray 25 gig 2x recordable can be found for $10 or less if you shop around. 500 gig hard drives can be had for around $100 which would fit 25+ full-length blu-ray movies on and stream them from media center. I, for one, am looking forward to being able to (legitimately) download hi-def movies...

yesah3470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

Sony cares about the future and if they face the problem head on now it'll be better then later.

Kakkoii3469d ago (Edited 3469d ago )

mighty_douche: Your forgetting about Game Piracy.

Hackers have worked hard to create a way to burn and play PS3 games. And have been successful. There's already a way to dump, burn and then play PS3 games.

And with games, The game data is never filling up the whole disc. Dummy files are put on the disc to fill the rest of the disc. But if you crack the disc you can extract those dummy files and greatly reduce the size of the ISO. So the download would take a lot less time.

The biggest PS3 ISO I've seen so far was Devil May Cry 4. And it was only 7.87GB.

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