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DVD Jon strikes again

by Nikola Strahija on September 7th, 2005 One of the world’s favourite hacker’s, DVD Jon (aka Jon Lech Johansen), who got famous for cracking the DVD copy protection code in 2002, beating Apple iTunes’s DRM in 2005 and generally doing all he can to make mega-corporations existence miserable, has just revealed his latest triumph.

Windows Media Player NSC encoding, originally designed for the now largely obsolete task of protecting the source’s IP address and so on, also restricts the content from being viewed on other media players and on other platforms.

Through reverse engineering, Johansen has made it possible for competing products to support the NSC format streams and thus offers a great deal more options for people not using Window Media Player.

Schools and small enterprises benefit the most from this breed of hacking; improved functionality in open source or free software can mean massive savings for any one struggling to keep up with the high cost of computing.

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