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Digg Stands Their Ground on AACS Encryption Key Posts

Posted in Blu-ray,Digg,HD DVD,News,Security by Chris Weber on May 2nd, 2007

Digg leaves posts with AACS encryption code for HD DVD and Blu-rayDigg This was the last post on the Digg Blog yesterday by founder Kevin Rose posting the one-key-to-rule-them-all encryption key that can be used to break the protection on secure HD DVD and Blu-Ray discs.

The issue of breaking the AACS encryption code of HD DVD’s came about very shortly after the DVD’s using the encryption was released – 8 days after it was released to be exact. An individual called Muslix64 posted information to compromise the HD DVD protection back in December, and the following month was able to use the same method to compromise the protection of Blu-Ray discs as well.

Since then another individual found that there was one “master” key that could be used to break the encryption of all the discs instead of having to find the individual key for each one. This information had floated around the internet for a couple months not gaining much attention until recently when the AACS must have had enough.

The AACS sent legal requests to Google to have the key removed from their index, and when word of this got out to the Digg community, stories about it started showing up on the Digg website. At first Digg decided to comply and remove the stories at the request of the AACS, but users continued to post more in somewhat of an uprising against the censorship of the encryption key content.

Due to the overwhelming posts that continued to pour in containing the encryption key the Digg operators finally stopped trying to keep up with removing content stating that they will “deal with whatever the consequences might be”. Kevin Rose reasoned that users would “rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company”. Rose signed off with, “If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying. Digg on”.