HDCP Cracked by Professor with €200 Hardware Mod

By Gary Cutlack on at

The film industry's favourite form of high-def copy protection has been broken at last, so it's claimed, by a German research team that cobbled together a pile of off-the-shelf components.

A team from the German Ruhr-Universität in Bochum have created the HDMI handshake decoding solution, explaining: "We were able to tap the HDCP encrypted data streams, decipher them and send the digital content to an unprotected screen via a corresponding HDMI 1.3-compatible receiver."

Claiming their aim was not to promote piracy but to "fundamentally investigate the safety of the HDCP system and to financially assess the actual cost for the complete knockout," the team says this is a worrying warning shot across the bows of the HDCP format.

Their main weapon was the commercially available Diligent Atlys Spartan-6 FPGA board, if you fancy having a go at proving the concept yourself. [Physorg via SlashGear]