LOS ANGELES – A business group behind copy-protection software for next-generation DVDs was investigating reports that hackers found a way to circumvent its technology, a group member said Wednesday.
"There are reports that indicate success by a number of hackers. We're still evaluating and determining what the most appropriate course of action is," said Michael Ayers, chairman of the group behind the Advanced Access Content System.
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Ayers said hackers had apparently exploited a weakness in computer software used to view DVDs.
[Various tech-related blogs said that the high-definition version of the feature film "Serenity," released on HD DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, had been copied and was available for download on the Internet.]
"We look at it as an attack on one particular implementation," he said. "It doesn't breach the security of the AACS technology as a whole, because that one implementation can be fixed. Once it's fixed, then that attack no longer works."
Ayers declined to say which DVD-viewing software had been targeted by hackers but noted that vulnerable versions of the software were no longer available.
A report published Wednesday in The New York Times identified the DVD player software as WinDVD.
The software is distributed by InterVideo Inc., which was acquired last month by Canada-based Corel Corp. (CREL)
A Corel spokesman said the company wasn't certain a breach had occurred, but that it had disabled a few software codes as a precaution.
Users will not notice any difference, spokesman Andy Markin said.
"We're taking proactive, corrective action and we're trying to backtrack where this breach, if you will, came from," Markin said.