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New York Times: No Gadget Safe From Home-Style Hacks

May 05, 2001, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David J. Wallace)

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David J. Wallace writes:

"... some companies have opened their doors, if only slightly, to those determined to reinvent the company's creations."

"As more of their functions have migrated from hardware to software, gadgets have become easier to re-engineer. For example, Mr. Wysopal said, simple reprogramming turns an inexpensive projector used for business presentations into a home theater DVD player that is like one selling for a much higher price."

"Other companies have taken legal action to protect their devices' hardware and software. Manufacturers of digital video discs sued individuals who broke the encryption system used for DVD's so they could use them with Linux systems."

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