Has HDTV Code Been Cracked?

Much to the chagrin of the entertainment industry, the encryption that protects most high-definition video content may have just been cracked.

Intel Corp. officials confirmed Tuesday to an investigation into a security breach, possibly a fundamental compromise of High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) -- the digital rights management software that governs every device that plays high-def content.

HDCP is the main means of encoding and protecting HDTV broadcasts, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes and more, and reports Tuesday suggested that a hole in the security scheme had been uncovered. Representatives from Intel, which invented the specification, acknowledged that they were investigating the security breach.

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