h8x0rs and the Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator.
Several weeks ago it was announced that licence keys for several products were being revocated as both WinDVD and PowerDVD has been cracked to originally break the AACS copy protection. Revoking these licences and forcing people to upgrade their software should have fixed the problem...
But the h8x0rs are smarter than that. The latest news on the Doom Forums details a firmware hack to the Microsoft external HD-DVD player which involved removing the drive's firmware chip, reading the contents and then soldering it back into the drive. It's something your average DIY consumer won't be doing but it's yet another serious setback for AACS and DRM as a whole.
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Comment by bradstewart, on 5-May-2007 09:47
Good ridance. Now if only the media companies would just realise that life without DRM would be better for everyone