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NewsBytes: DVD Crypto Hacker Questioned In Norway

Jan 25, 2000, 20:28 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David McGuire)

"The already acrimonious legal battle over DVD encryption heated up late Monday night when the Norwegian minor who first cracked the DVD industry's encryption protocol was hauled in for questioning by authorities in Norway."

"Norwegian authorities, apparently working in cooperation with US-based law enforcers, questioned 16-year-old Jon Johansen, in the process confiscating his computer and cell phone, said Tom McGuire, spokesperson for the US-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Johansen was not arrested and it is unclear when and whether he will face charges...."

"The attempts to break the DVD industry's Content Scrambling System (CSS) stem from the fact that no DVD viewing devices have been licensed for computers running Linux and other alternative operating systems, McGuire said. The tech-savvy Linux community, which apparently includes Johansen, responded by working to break the protocols and develop its own devices."

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