May 2nd, 2007
The forbidden numbers that the AACS (and Digg) don't want you to see:
09 f9 11 02 9d 74 e3 5b d8 41 56 c5 63 56 88 c0
See, nothing bad happens when you type them.
The AACS licensing authority don't like the processing key for all current HD-DVD (and maybe Blu-ray) titles being in circulation. I can understand why, each page hosting the processing key is testament to the fact that AACS is a complete and utter failure. On the other side you have people who want to spread the word about the processing key to make sure that everyone knows the "forbidden numbers" and used Digg to do this. When the entries got binned people became upset.
I get the feeling that people feel the processing key is some magic number that they can type into their HD-DVD player or PC and out pops a copy of the disc. It doesn't work like that. The processing key is just a small part of the equation and I'm certain that most of those spending their time spreading the word about the processing key don't have a clue what to do with it anyway.
The efforts by the AACS licensing authority to censor the leaked HD-DVD processing key has given it more attention, publicity and airtime than the hackers that uncovered it could have ever managed to achieve.
When what youre trying to censor is appearing on T-shirts, it's time to call it a day.
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