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Music

Submission + - Ars Technica rebuts Jobs claim about DRM security

twbecker writes: Ken Fisher at Ars Technica agrees that DRM is bad for business. But in this article, he questions Steve Jobs' claim that licensing it's DRM to other companies would make it less secure. Fisher compares iTunes Fairplay to Microsoft's WMA, and does a fair job of rebutting Jobs' assertion. Is Jobs being sincere about his concerns regarding licensing Fairplay, or is he using it as an excuse to perpetuate a lock-in strategy?
Windows

Submission + - Vista DRM Cracked by Security Researcher

WillRIAAHaveMeKilledForReportingThis writes: Security researcher Alex Ionescu claims to have successfully bypassed the much discussed DRM protection in Windows Vista, called "Protected Media Path" (PMP), which is designed to seriously degrade the playback quality of any video and audio running on systems with hardware components not explicitly approved by Microsoft.

The bypass of the DRM protection was in turn performed by breaking the Driver Signing / PatchGuard protection in the new operating system.

Alex is now quite nervous about what an army of lawyers backed by draconian copyright laws could do to him if he released the details, but he claims to be currently looking into the details of safely releasing his details about this at the moment though.

PS. It's really about time for Slashdot to add a "DRM" section.
Sony

Submission + - Report: PS3 May Drive Sony Profit Down 50%

njkid1 writes: "The expensive PlayStation 3 may have cut into Sony's profits significantly for the third quarter ended this past December, Bloomberg.com has reported. The games division is expected to lose a record 191 billion yen by the end of Sony's fiscal year. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=1508 6&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000029"
Security

Submission + - Spyware Coming to a Mac Near You

Clarke writes: Is spyware really coming to Macs? With programs like MacScan offering anti-spyware solutions and free updated definitions is this a sign Macs getting more attention? I've seen many more keyloggers and even proof of concepts for privledge escalation. With the month of apple bugs there is proof security is a concern but how much should we care?

How eBay Sellers Fix Auctions 556 556

Boj writes "The Times online is carrying stories on fraud carried out on eBay using shill bidding. Citing eBay's changes to security as aiding the shill bidders and this fraud: "Last November eBay changed its rules to conceal bidders' identity — making it even more difficult for customers to see whether sellers are bidding on their own lots.""

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