9/19/2010

Intel confirms Blu-ray HDCP encryption is cracked

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Intel has confirmed Blu-ray HDCP encryption is cracked after admitting a leaked master key is the real deal.

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) copy protection technology is designed to protect high-definition video content as it travels across digital interfaces. The technology was developed by Digital Content Protection, a subsidiary of Intel, and licensed to HDTV, set-top boxes and Blueray disk manufacturers and the like.

A leaked key, now confirmed as genuine, was published online on Tuesday via Pastebin, and quickly spread around the web. The master key creates a mechanism to strip the encryption from, for example, a HD satellite TV broadcast and a DVR, at least in theory. The availability of a master key effectively renders the key revocation feature built into HDCP impotent.

Microsoft wraps up tools for mobile app developers

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has taken another step toward a holiday release for its next generation of smart phones.

The software maker isn’t giving an exact launch date for Windows Phone 7. But the company says the tools programmers will use to build Windows Phone 7 applications are complete.

It says developers can start submitting apps to Microsoft for approval in October.

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