October 24, 2001

'Hacker' breaks Microsoft's digital rights management software

Author: JT Smith

PCWorld: "An anonymous hacker, known only as "Beale Screamer," has hacked the copy control software used in Microsoft Windows Media format, the company confirmed
Tuesday. The hack means that digital music files that had once been protected from copying can now be swapped freely.

The scope of the hack is limited in that it only applies to media protected with version 7 of the digital rights management (DRM) system of Windows Media, says
David Caulton, product manager for the Windows digital media division at Microsoft."

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