TiVo Awarded Patent For Password You Can’t Hack

May 12th, 2007 | Posted in News, Privacy, Programming, Security, Software, Technology | Comments Off on TiVo Awarded Patent For Password You Can’t Hack

Oh goodies! Some bright young genius has come up with a password system
to lock down the hard drive in TiVo boxes. I love it when things like
this happen and they claim how "UNBREAKABLE" it is. I love it because
it’s usually not too long before somebody comes up with a hack of some
kind that once again lays it bare.

This happened recently when somebody published a key to the HD-DVD
encryption. Of course, the owners of the key started filing DCMA
takedown notices everywhere it turned up … Until it started showing up
in so many places it couldn’t be stopped. Like DeCss before it, this
HD-DVD key is rapidly becoming the most published data on the internet.
I have no doubt that the "uncrackable" TiVo password will follow it
within two years or less.

Awarded Patent For Password You Can’t Hack

Davis Freeberg writes "TiVo has always been know for thinking
outside of the box, but this week they were awarded an unusual patent
related to locking down content on their hard drives. According to the
patent, they’ve invented a way to create password security that is so
tough, it would take you longer than the life of a hard drive in order
to figure it out. They could be using this technology to prevent the
sharing of content or it could be related to their advertising or
guide data, but if their decryption technology is really that good,
it’s an interesting solution for solving the problem of securing

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