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  • AceDeceiver: First iOS Trojan Exploiting Apple DRM Design Flaws to Infect Any iOS Device

    03/16/2016 6:30:31 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 5 replies
    Palo Alto Networks ^ | March 16, 2016 5:00 AM | Claud Xiao
    We’ve discovered a new family of iOS malware that successfully infected non-jailbroken devices we’ve named “AceDeceiver”. What makes AceDeceiver different from previous iOS malware is that instead of abusing enterprise certificates as some iOS malware has over the past two years, AceDeceiver manages to install itself without any enterprise certificate at all. It does so by exploiting design flaws in Apple’s DRM mechanism, and even as Apple has removed AceDeceiver from App Store, it may still spread thanks to a novel attack vector. AceDeceiver is the first iOS malware we’ve seen that abuses certain design flaws in Apple’s DRM protection...
  • Apple wins DRM patent lawsuit leveled by ContentGuard

    11/21/2015 1:36:19 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | November 20, 2015 | 3:27pm | By Mikey Campbell
    Apple came out unscathed from a legal battle involving digital rights management IP owned by ContentGuard, a subsidiary of non-practicing entity Pendrell Corp. that sued the iPhone maker for infringing on five patents. The jury handed down its decision in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Friday, finding Apple not in infringement of five DRM-related patents owned by ContentGuard, reports Reuters. While not responsible for damages, Apple was not able to prove the patents-in-suit invalid. Apple was accused of illegally applying patented DRM technologies to its digital content distribution services, including music, movies and TV...
  • Mozilla sleeps with the enemy as DRM arrives with Firefox 38

    05/13/2015 5:57:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Wed May 13 2015, 15:25 | By Chris Merriman
    Ssshhh. They don't like it any more than you do MOZILLA has released Firefox 38, bringing the spectre of Digital Rights Management (DRM) to the platform for the first time. The organisation has traditionally shyed away from DRM as it considers the technology something that goes against the openness of the Mozilla platform. However, Mozilla was forced to admit in May 2014 that taking on DRM was essential to avoid losing ground to rivals by not being able to play streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify. Andreas Gal, CTO and vice president of mobile for Mozilla, said in a...
  • Apple trial continues, without a plaintiff for now

    12/08/2014 10:40:29 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | December 8, 2014 Updated 5:31 pm, Monday, | By BRANDON BAILEY
    <p>OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In an unusual legal twist, a federal judge decided Monday that a billion-dollar, class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPods should continue, even though she also disqualified the last remaining plaintiff named in a case that has been on trial since last week.</p>
  • Apple will face $350M trial over iPod DRM

    10/04/2014 10:33:43 AM PDT · by Utilizer
    arstechnica ^ | Oct 3 2014, 12:05pm -0700 | Joe Mullin cannot be linked or excerpted to, but there is a slightly interesting article up about how the battle against DRM seems to be finally heading to court. Ignore the link above, it merely links to the FR index page. Article link is:
  • DRM in Firefox is The End of Our Digital Security

    05/21/2014 8:42:39 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 17 replies
    Linux Federation ^ | 20 May 2014 | Rahul Bali
    Mozilla recently decided to add DRM in Firefox even if Mozilla hates it. Almost all video streaming websites use some kind of DRM and as Microsoft, Apple and Google has already implemented DRM in their browsers, Mozilla thinks not adding the DRM in Firefox would make it useless as a product as the user will have to switch to other browser everytime a user visits a website with DRM.I am not going to either defend Mozilla on the decision of adding DRM in Firefox or write against it, they did what they had to do. In the end its...
  • Why DRM In Cars Is Going To Drive Everyone Mad

    11/14/2013 9:26:49 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 9 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 11/15/2013 | PARKER HIGGINS
    Forget extra cup holders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a “feature” that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has opted to lock purchasers into a rental contract with a battery manufacturer and enforce that contract with digital rights management (DRM)restrictions that can remotely prevent the battery from charging at all. We’ve long joined makers and tinkerers in warning that, as software becomes a part of more and more everyday devices, DRM and the legal restrictions on circumventing it will create...
  • Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video

    06/13/2013 10:46:56 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies ^ | 6-10-2013 | Sony Step-by-step how to lend games to your friends.
  • AP's Attempt At DRM'ing The News Shuts Down

    05/18/2013 6:07:15 PM PDT · by Salman · 4 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | May 17th 2013 | Mike Masnick
    Plenty of people rightly mocked the news a few years ago that the Associated Press was working on a plan to "DRM the news." The idea was to put some sort of licensing mechanism together to get news aggregators to pay to promote their news. This seemed incredibly dumb for a whole host of reasons. It added no value. Its only purpose was to limit the value for everyone in the system by putting a tollbooth where none needed to exist. When it finally launched last year to great fanfare in the newspaper world, under the name "NewsRight," we pointed...
  • W3C presses ahead with DRM interface in HTML5

    05/13/2013 8:53:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    The H On-line ^ | 11 MaY 2013 | djwm
    On Friday, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the first public draft of Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). EME enables content providers to integrate digital rights management (DRM) interfaces into HTML5-based media players. Encrypted Media Extensions is being developed jointly by Google, Microsoft and online streaming-service Netflix. No actual encryption algorithm is part of the draft; that element is designed to be contained in a CDM (Content Decryption Module) that works with EME to decode the content. CDMs may be plugins or built into browsers. The publication of the new draft is a blow for critics of the extensions, led...
  • Who's adding DRM to HTML5? Microsoft, Google and Netflix

    02/23/2012 10:08:28 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | 23 February 2012 | Gavin Clarke
    With tech companies abandoning the proprietary Flash and Silverlight media players for HTML5, it was inevitable somebody would try to inject DRM into the virgin spec. Microsoft, Google and Netflix are that “somebody”, having submitted a proposed modification to HTML5 to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for “encrypted media extensions”. Their proposed addition, detailed here and picked apart here, has drawn a flat rejection from HTML5 editor and Google employee Ian Hickson, who’s called the encrypted media extensions unethical. Hickson wrote in response to Microsoft’s Adrian Bateman who floated the proposal on Monday: “I believe this proposal is unethical...
  • Apple’s iCloud punishes honest iTunes users with DRM (no way! Apple is "perfect"..cough)

    06/09/2011 8:50:59 AM PDT · by max americana · 12 replies
    gigaom ^ | June 8, 2011 | Janko Roettgers
    Apple has rolled out phase one of its cloud music offering this week, allowing iTunes users to download additional copies of past purchases on up to ten devices. However, users that bought their music on iTunes before Apple abandoned DRM some two years ago better get ready for an unexpected surprise: Files originally bought with Apple’s Fairplay copy protection are also once again downloaded with DRM. A number of users complained about this strange behavior on Twitter and on the web, with one stating that this would bring back “bad memories.” We were able to confirm it by re-downloading a...
  • Shouldn't Linux embrace DRM?

    06/01/2011 5:54:22 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 39 replies
    TechRepublic ^ | 31 May 2011 | Jack Wallen
    I want to preface this entry by stating something very important to me and my world. I am a writer. Not just a writer of technical documentation, how-tos, and other sundry articles, but a writer of fiction. I currently have three published books (you can find them in both paperback and ebook format on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) and, I get the argument on both sides of the DRM fence. What’s DRM? Simple. Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a term for access control technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders to limit the use of digital content and devices. In other...
  • The “All-Digital Future”: Surrendering our Property Rights

    12/13/2010 2:02:03 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ECN Magazine ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jason Lomberg
    We keep hearing about it—the “all-digital future”: easier, more convenient, no need to drive to the store. Download all the content you want instantly. Thus, iTunes, OnLive, Steam, and various other services were born. But this convenience bears a steep price. In our rush to embrace the all-digital future, we’ve sacrificed fundamental property rights. Time and again, record labels, software developers, and movie studios have expressed their displeasure with physical media. The overhead is too steep. There’s too much piracy. The second-hand market is immoral and equivalent to piracy. Technophiles love to debate the merits of streaming media, but it’s...
  • World Wildlife Fund WWF file format cracked, phones home

    12/11/2010 3:27:38 PM PST · by matt04 · 5 replies
    The WWF and their new "un-printable" file format, .WWF, turns out to be just a PDF generated with Mac OS Xs built in print to PDF feature, with printing disabled (which can be done without the help of the WWF). However, the WWF has hidden a little surprise in the software. It phone home to the WWF, without telling you, to check for updates, or so they claim.
  • New Gov't Rules Allow Unapproved iPhone Apps

    07/27/2010 10:58:07 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 40 replies
    Product Design and Development ^ | July 27, 2010 | Joelle Tessler, AP Tech Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Owners of the iPhone will be able to legally unlock their devices so they can run software applications that haven't been approved by Apple Inc., according to new government rules announced Monday. The decision to allow the practice commonly known as "jailbreaking" is one of a handful of new exemptions from a 1998 federal law that prohibits people from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorized use of copyright-protected material. For iPhone jailbreakers, the new rules effectively legitimize a practice that has been operating in a legal gray area by exempting it...
  • Microsoft DRM Patent Could Revive Peer-to-Peer Music Nets

    09/23/2009 11:01:58 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies · 732+ views
    InformationWeek ^ | 22 September 2009 | Alexander Wolfe
    Here's an odd twist that might give new life to the dying horse of music digital-right management. Microsoft has just been awarded a U.S. patent for a distributed DRM system -- it works over peer-to-peer networks -- which uses encrypted public and private keys as the licensing mechanism. This is significant because, while centralized music stores like Apple's iTunes have forsaken DRM, the Microsoft patent would enable peer-to-peer networks to reemerge as viable, albeit protected, content sources. The patent, number 7,594,275, is entitled simply, "Digital rights management system." Granted today (Sept. 22), it was filed in October, 2003, which undercuts...
  • The 'Creative' Technology Behind The AP's News Registry

    08/07/2009 9:58:23 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 4 replies · 557+ views
    TechDirt ^ | August 06, 2009 | Blaise Alleyne
    The 'Creative' Technology Behind The AP's News Registry from the magic-beans dept The Associated Press' attempt to DRM the news is a bad idea for a variety of reasons, but its claims for the news registry's capabilities seem pretty misguided, once you examine the technology behind it (the "magic DRM beans"). Ed Felten dug into the details of the registry's microformat, hNews, which the AP announced a few weeks earlier, and here's where it gets really interesting: the hNews rights field is based on the Creative Commons Rights Expression Language (ccREL). If the AP thinks it'll be able to build...
  • Shuffle's new hardware DRM taxes 3rd-party vendors

    03/14/2009 8:58:11 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 24 replies · 1,168+ views
    ipodnncom ^ | 03/14/2009, 8:20pm, EDT
    Shuffle's new hardware DRM taxes 3rd-party vendors Apple's new iPod Shuffle has added a new layer of hardware DRM, possibly preventing third-party companies from reverse-engineering the Shuffle technology in order to build headphones. Electronic Frontier and iLounge have discovered an Apple authentication chip DRM (Digital Right Management) requirement that will mean third-party headphone makers will have to pay fees for the authentication chip and design headphones with the chip included. The authentication chip provides a legal means to prevent headphone makers from reverse-engineering the Shuffle output to create a set of headphones that work with the new iPod. Apple could...
  • The once and future e-book: on reading in the digital age

    02/02/2009 1:00:38 PM PST · by MrEdd · 65 replies · 1,733+ views
    ars technica ^ | February 1, 2009 | John Siracusa
    I was pitched headfirst into the world of e-books in 2002 when I took a job with Palm Digital Media. The company, originally called Peanut Press, was founded in 1998 with a simple plan: publish books in electronic form. As it turns out, that simple plan leads directly into a technological, economic, and political hornet's nest. But thanks to some good initial decisions (more on those later), little Peanut Press did pretty well for itself in those first few years, eventually having a legitimate claim to its self-declared title of "the world's largest e-book store." Unfortunately, despite starting the company...