January 11, 2002

Norwegian DVD cracker indicted for DeCSS program

Author: JT Smith

ZDNet has follow-up information. "Two years after police stormed into his home and seized his computer, a Norwegian
teenager has been indicted on security cracking charges.

Jon Johansen, who helped create software that makes it possible to crack DVD security, faces
up to two years in jail on charges originally designed to protect phone and bank records. On
Wednesday, Norway's economic crime unit accused Johansen of trying to break through a
security system to gain access to material he's not entitled to, in this case a movie on DVD." An EFF press release is posted at LWN.net.

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