DVD Jon hacked Apple’s encryption software used for wireless music streaming with Apple’s AirPort Express WiFi base station.
DVD Jon, the world-renowned Norwegian famous for cracking DVD encryption, has foiled Apple again. In the past two years, he’s hacked Apple’s iTunes Store DRM. But now he’s decided to focus his sights on reverse-engineering the encryption software used by Apple for its wireless music streaming on the AirPort Express.
DVD Jon’s Busy Year
Jon Lech Johansen, (aka DVD Jon) has had a pretty busy year. Why doesn’t Apple just hire DVD Jon?
- On March 2, 2004, DVD Jon released VLC’s FairPlay support allowing VLC application users to play protected DVDs.
- On April 25, 2004, Johansen released yet another program: DeDRMS. Written in C#, this 230 line program also removes copy protection.
- On July 7, 2004, he released FairKeys, a program that can be used to retrieve the keys needed by DeDRMS from the iTunes Music Store servers themselves.
- On August 12, 2004, Johansen announced on his website that he defeated Apple’s AirPort Express’s encryption which lets users stream Apple Lossless files to their AirPort Express units.
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.