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 Oct 18, 2006 - 11:00 AM - by Michael
* DVDs and a dongle?

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Ugly, pointless, and really bad: a DVD that requires a USB dongle to get access to the data.

But why bother inserting a chip into a DVD or CD in the first place? Aladdin thinks it could provide a clever way to digitally lock content sold on optical discs. Music, video or data can be stored optically and read by computer's CD or DVD player, while encryption keys can be stored on the embedded chip and read by USB. The encryption keys could be used to lock information so that it can only be played having plugged the original disc in to the USB.
Time until someone cracks the system and rips the coding keys off the chip, or writes a program to do it? A couple of days. Maybe.
 

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