AACS LA responds to HD DVD/Blu-ray security breach

The AACS (Advanced Access Content System) LA group responded to the recent BackupBluray and BackupHDDVD activity with the following press release.

January 24, 2007
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. This development is limited to the compromise of specific implementations, and does not represent an attack on the AACS system itself, nor is it exclusive to any particular format. Instead it illustrates the need for all AACS licensees to follow the Compliance and Robustness Rules set forth in the AACS license agreements to help ensure that product implementations are not compromised. AACS LA employs both technical and legal measures to deal with attacks such as this one, and AACS LA is using all appropriate remedies at its disposal to address the attack.

The AACS group declares that it “does not represent an attack on the AACS system itself”, but we know the system was circumvented by obtaining encryption keys stored in memory by PC software players. It will be interesting to see what the HD DVD / Blu-ray software player developers will try in the future in an attempt to prevent this type of memory-held key discovery.

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One Comment on “AACS LA responds to HD DVD/Blu-ray security breach”

  1. Yeah legal measures

    Legal measures = rule 55b(2) motion for default judgment after defendant of a foreign forum fails to appear.

    Legal measures = injunctive relief in the form of having websites with the software shut down.

    I think the best job in the world is federal judge. You get to wear robes and do cool things like lay the smack down and choke people using the Force.

    Could someone please photoshop Chief Justice Roberts using force lightning for me please. Thank you.

    Meh back to brief writing

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