Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Story of 32 Digits

Today I woke up to find Digg's front page filled with posts concerning a series of hacked HD-DVD code: 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0, some of which are pretty innovative:So what's all the fuss about? Digg banned/ deleted several posts containing these numbers then riots broke out all over Digg-nation until Digg finally came out saying:

"But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you ’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be."
Many see this as a victory of the freedom of speech. That's brilliant. But I have a few questions:

1. How many people know what these digits are really for and how to take advantage of them?

2. If not many, then what's the sense in posting them everywhere (yeah, including here, Ella~). Internet is a huge spam as it is.

So here's the real story of the 32 Digits:

They are the "processing key" used to decrypt the DRM on all HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc films, discovered by Arnezami a little over two months ago. It's quite simple really, before, you'll need different "volume keys" to decrypt AACS DRM on individual films, but now it's like you've acquired a "master key" to unlock, decrypt, and backup every singer HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc film (at least films released before they know you've got the key).

And now with SlySoft's recently- updated AnyDVD HD"backup" software utility, you can "remastering" HD DVD and Blu-ray discs "on the fly". The software only works on Windows and the released versions cost like 100 bucks, not an option for me, but you can check out the free beta version in its forum.

And here's an interview with muslix64, Developer of BackupHDDVD, explaining in full everything you are curious to know about AACS protection scheme, and cracking it...

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