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HDCP encryption crack is no magic bullet

Hollywood studios and the maker and licensing authority of the High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection standard were scrambling Wednesday to determine whether a so-called “master key” to the anti-piracy encryption technology has leaked onto the internet.

HDCP is a copy-protection technology that encrypts high-definition video travelling between set-top boxes and televisions. The technology, built by Intel, was approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 2004, and is a standard feature in televisions, cable boxes, satellite receivers and Blu-ray players in much of the modern world.

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