updated 12:30 pm EST, Tue February 13, 2007
All HD movie discs cracked
While one hacker was able to break the DRM on select Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs, another hacker now claims to have defeated HD movie encryption entirely. Writing in the Doom9 forums, "arnezami" says he has uncovered the processing key behind AACS, the protection scheme used in both Blu-Ray and HD DVD. As a result any HD movie should be unlockable without first having to locate the volume key for a particular title. The news could prove enormously disappointing for the movie and electronics industries, which together spent millions of dollars attempting to prevent the piracy currently rampant with standard DVDs.