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EZ-D Open To Hack Attacks?

23 May, 2003 By: Holly J. Wagner

Rippers and hackers are already busy figuring out ways to defeat the “standard” copy protection mechanisms that Buena Vista Home Entertainment president Robert Chapek said will safeguard the content during the 48-hour usability window.

Suggestions, culled from online discussion boards, range from the clever to the ridiculous:
  • “I wanna play with one. Blast air on it and stick it in rubbing alcohol and microwave it. I've never done that to a red disc.”
  • “Just rip it to your hard disk if you want more time to play it. If you like it enough you could then just copy it to a DVD recordable. Could be a cheap way to get copies and have a nice case for your copy.”
  • “If it can be viewed once it can be copied and posted on the net.”
  • “You can put it in a Ziploc with the air machine installed to it to suck the air out.”
  • “Spraying it w/lacquer may slow or stop the oxidation, and opening it in a nitrogen box (and then coating it) would insure it never came in contact with oxygen to begin with.”
  • “Another way to store these is to use a glass mason jar big enough to hold a stack of DVDs. Put a water glass inside the mason jar to the side of where the DVDs go. Light up a swab of cotton with a touch of rubbing alcohol and drop it into the water glass before you close the lid. The burning alcohol quickly consumes the oxygen creating a partial vacuum and releasing very little heat. Later when you have time, burn backups. Should extend the time limit to months at least.”
  • “All it would take is an inert chemical that could be applied to the surface of the DVD to thwart the whole system and keep the chemical process from taking place.”
  • “Oxygen affects it, eh? OK, I'll get to work on becoming an astronaut, we can watch the movie endlessly in space. Anyone want to tag along?.”

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