‘DVD Jon’ Breaks Google Video Lock

Norwegian hacker Jon Lech Johansen has cracked the lock on Google’s new in-browser video player.

Johansen, also known as ‘DVD Jon’ for his work on decrypting DVD security codes, has created a patch for the Google Video Viewer—less than 24 hours after the search giant shipped the video playback plug-in, a tool based on the open-source VideoLAN media player.

The patch, released on Johansen’s ‘So Sue Me’ blog, effectively disables a modification Google made to the VideoLAN code to prevent users from playing videos that are not hosted on Google’s servers. Johansen said the patch, which requires the .Net run-time framework, will remove Google’s restriction and allow the playback of video files that aren’t on the video.google.com server.

The 21-year-old hacker, who faced two trials in Norway in 2002 and 2003 for his role in the release of the
DeCSS decryption software, is a hero to many for his efforts to defeat DRM (digital rights management) mechanisms built into media player technology.

He has been involved in a public cat-and-mouse game with Apple Inc., releasing several tools to bypass the DRM software used to encrypt music sold on the iTunes Music Store. LINK TO: PyMusique Unlocks iTunes Copy Protection. Again. http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1779526,00.asp

Johansen has also cracked Apple’s AirPort Express’s encryption and released a proof-of-concept program that allows
Linux users to play video encoded with Microsoft’s proprietary WMV9 codec. The proof-of-concept is based on the VideoLan code.

News source: Yahoo


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