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CNN/Reuters: Music technology forum awards hackers in contest

Nov 29, 2000, 20:36 (0 Talkback[s])

"A music and technology forum that ran a $10,000 contest back in September challenging people to hack into copyright protection technologies said on Tuesday it was paying prize money to two hackers."

"The Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) said it was contacting two successful challengers, who will receive $5,000 each, for participation in the HackSDMI public invitation."

"The two challengers emerged from a field of 447 submissions as the only ones able to remove the protection systems and successfully disable one of five technologies currently under consideration for SDMI screening technology, the group said."

"Earlier this month SDMI said two of five copyright protection technologies had been successfully attacked, but that only one of the attacks was significant because it could be repeated on additional pieces of music. The SDMI was formed to develop a standard for secure digital music distribution."

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