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posted by martyb on Monday October 09 2017, @12:06AM   Printer-friendly
from the I-prefer-Ritz®-crackers dept.

A Russian software company by the name of Arusoft may have cracked 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray DRM. All it requires is a PC with a Blu-Ray drive and a $235 piece of software.

At the beginning of this week a new mysterious company with a new mysterious software popped up, Arusoft with DeUHD. The company claimed that its software would be able to copy Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. In a statement to us, the company even stated that it considered AACS 2.0 to be cracked.

With a license of €200 ($235) there weren't many people who wanted to test and potentially lose their money. Therefore, the company handed out 5 licenses to randomly selected users and the first results are in.

To sum up the results: It works, but they don't appear to have cracked AACS 2.0 itself. Instead, the DeUHD developers appear to have found working keys for specific films.

Previously: Apparent Copy of an Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disc Appears Online [Updated]
More "Cracked" Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases Appear Online

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 09 2017, @12:56AM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 09 2017, @12:56AM (#579047)

    All sorts of people are telling us how useless DRM is and is trivial to crack, yet, here we are with this Blu-Ray thing, and nobody has broken in yet? What's the dilio?? Do we really have working encryption?

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 09 2017, @01:28AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 09 2017, @01:28AM (#579050)

    4k/UHD Blu-ray seems to be in that sweet spot of too low demand and too encumbered for there to be a serious effort to break it. The commercial piracy outfits have never been too concerned with the highest quality, plenty of people are willing to by VCDs and camrips of movies in places like China, Malaysia, and the Middle East. Combine that with the fact that 4K television adoption in areas with high commercial piracy is probably abysmal, you basically have them content with standard HD rips. That leaves bored college students and a handful of researches taking a crack at AACS for now. Eventually, either there will be enough money incentive and interested talent to take it down, or these small key leaks will add up to make the scheme unworkable and they will have to try something new.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by LoRdTAW on Monday October 09 2017, @02:24AM

      by LoRdTAW (3755) on Monday October 09 2017, @02:24AM (#579069) Journal

      I'd say the low demand has to do with streaming. I used to download a lot of films and TV shows. After the whole thing broke where people were tracking torrents and sending out letters I stopped completely out of the fact that I don't need their content bad enough to start hiding behind VPN's. Around that same time I was splitting fios with my former landlord and found that with a few premium channels, on-demand, and a DVR, you had plenty of TV, and it was more than enough for me. Now I have just the internet along with Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime TV. Costs me less than $100 and I get everything I want without worrying about any legal bullshit. If I don't want the TV I just cancel it.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 09 2017, @02:37AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 09 2017, @02:37AM (#579077)

      To paraphrase an exchange I saw once:

      User1: If you really think that DRM is useless, why has it taken so long to break Blu-Rays?

      User2: There is no interest in it because DVD quality is good enough for most people and, if not, "they" can get the same content from streams or other sources, or did you forget they cracked HDCP a year after it was introduced and now have the complete set of keys. To show what a difference motivation makes, look at the crack times for media with multiple sources, to those with few and you'll notice blu-ray is slower than jailbreaks is slower than games and it isn't because the latter are easier.

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by crafoo on Monday October 09 2017, @03:06AM (1 child)

    by crafoo (6639) on Monday October 09 2017, @03:06AM (#579090)

    Turns out people want low-bitrate streaming on-demand much more than high quality disks that they will only watch once anyway.

    If you leave the keys to your 1991 shitbox Oldsmobile full of burger king wrappers and cat urine, does anyone steal it?

    • (Score: 5, Touché) by Azuma Hazuki on Monday October 09 2017, @05:43AM

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 09 2017, @05:43AM (#579140) Journal

      That is an oddly specific description of a car. Is it yours?

      I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 09 2017, @07:53AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 09 2017, @07:53AM (#579177)

    I don't think "working" means what you think it means.