“UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has temporarily shut down its fledgling broadband film service after software provided by Microsoft was cracked, enabling the digital protection to be stripped,” Jeffrey Goldfarb reports for Reuters.
“The problem, caused by hacking software FreeUse4WM, also affected sports clips on the Sky by broadband service, which was launched in January,” Goldfarb reports.
“The software giant said it was devising another patch, after already having rushed out an earlier one when the initial software was cracked. A new version of FreeUse4WM broke through the patch,” Goldfarb reports. “A Sky spokesman… declined to comment on when the broadband service, which was halted on August 31, would be up and running, deferring questions to Microsoft.”
Full article here.
Microsoft, a bunch of real geniuses, huh?
Regarding any and all existing and/or potential cracks of Apple’s FairPlay DRM: Apple doesn’t offer a subscription service. Therefore, unlike with the FairUse4WM crack of Windows Media DRM, the threat of people stealing all of the music they can in a month for just $14.99 or during a free trial period is nonexistent for Apple. Besides, you can already do the exact same thing as FairPlay cracks do today legally by burning a CD from iTunes.
Microsoft working to update Windows Media DRM cracked by FairUse4WM – August 29, 2006
Microsoft’s PlaysForSure cracked: FairUse4WM strips Windows Media DRM – August 25, 2006