Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
hacking, satellite tv

Companies:
dish network, echostar, news corp


News Corp Found Guilty Of Hacking Only A Single DISH Smart Card

from the that's-not-gonna-hurt dept

Last month we wrote about the strange case of DISH Networks accusing a News Corp subsidiary of hacking its smart cards and distributing them. This seemed really unlikely, as there was little incentive for the company to do so. The company did admit to reverse engineering DISH Networks technology (which is perfectly legal). It appears that a jury wasn't particularly convinced either. It did find the subsidiary guilty of hacking one single smart card, for which the company was fined $49.69 (ouch!), and then the court added another $1000 for "damages." So, technically it's a "victory" for DISH, but probably not to the level it was expecting.

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