Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, is now claiming that TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chips that are installed on many new motherboards will make it impossible to pirate game software.

While it’s true that the TPM chips he’s talking about will present a seriously increased challenge, there’s no doubt at all in my mind that determined hackers, both the kind that live in condo hotels on profits from the sale of pirated games to the kind that just have to tackle the problem to prove that it’s not “Uncrackable” despite Bushnell’s claims.

People have made claims about this or that system being “Uncrackable” before and sooner or later somebody always comes along and proves that there is in fact a way to crack it.  A good example is the now infamous case of DeCSS, where the CSS encryption algorithm used to encrypt DVD movies was reverse engineered and the DeCSS descrambler Source Code has since been distributed in many forms and languages in a deliberate effort to foil those who would see that code squashed.  I think it’s probably the most widely distributed source code ever written.

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