muslix64, the person responsible for creating the BackupHDDVD tool, recently announced that it is now possible to successfully rip and decrypt Blu-ray (BD-ROM) Disc movies. He was able to decrypt and play a Blu-ray media file using the VideoLan player without using any Blu-ray equipment at all! The first Blu-ray “victim” appears to have been the movie “Lord of War”, a Lion’s Gate Film.
A fellow Doom9 forum member (Janvitos) assisted by providing the Blu-ray files along with a memory dump. The memory dump was obtained from a Blu-ray Disc software player (such as WinDVD or PowerDVD) and is used to obtain the keys needed to decrypt and playback the Blu-ray media files. In a nutshell, muslix64 uses a powerful crypto attack to analyze the memory dump data in order to obtain the necessary decryption keys required for Blu-ray media file playback. The Blu-ray and HD DVD software playback programs hold the encryption keys in plain text in system memory. Because of this, it is possible to look for patterns and discover the keys. For the nitty gritty details, head on over to the Doom9.org thread.
As of this post, there does not appear to be any Blu-ray rips on the PirateBay torrent tracker, one of the world’s largest BitTorrent tracking websites.