Since AACS made the huge mistake of trying to prevent any mention
of a previous key for cracking DVDs, every time a new key is cracked it gets plenty of attention
. Of course, with the group acting litigious, it appears that the hackers who keep retrieving the key are becoming a little less open
about how they're repeatedly cracking the new keys. The latest case is amusing for a variety of reasons. Ed Felten had put up a page that got a lot of attention setting up a system to auto-generate random key integers for people to claim copyright over
, to point out how silly it was for AACS to claim that any integer couldn't be written down. Lots of people in the comments posted their randomly generated keys -- but one of the comments apparently wasn't randomly generated at all, but included the actual key -- and a message for the hacker who discovered the now famous 09 F9
. It took a few days, but the hacker was alerted and he tested the key to discover that it worked. So, at this point, no one has any idea who it is that actually leaked the key (though, you have to wonder if AACS, in their legal zeal, will subpoena Felten for log info on the commenter) -- but he (or she) clearly has a sense of humor.
While we're on the topic of AACS, perhaps their lawyers have more important things to do than chase down the thousands of sites that now post any new key as soon as it's published. It appears that Certicom is claiming the AACS copy protection system violates its patents
. Yes, this should be viewed as ironic.