Kindle's e-Book DRM Is Broken

Kindle's e-Book DRM Is Broken

Anything that can be hacked will be hacked, and virtually everything can be hacked. Thus, we see that latest escapade in the land of hacking. The Kindle's DRM (digital rights management, copy protection) has been compromised.

Amazon sells content for the Kindle in a proprietary format, .azw.  It contains DRM to prevent users from transferring copyrighted content to other devices.  Think of it as the e-book version of what Apple's FairPlay DRM used to represent.

The hack lets users convert the Kindle's e-books into PDF files, allowing them to be read on any number of non-Amazon e-book readers as well as computers, naturally. The hacker, known only as Labba, posed a challenge on a hacker forum and with a little help broke the DRM.

One can expect Amazon.com will come up with a change to halt the hacking, but Labba said that he feels that when Amazon.com does release a "fix," he will be able to hack it again. Consider it jailbreaking the Kindle: new software, new hack, just as with the iPhone.
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No proprietary software is safe from the dedicated masses anymore.

It's also no big deal,................

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>> It's also no big deal,................

Except for the fact that I can't legally do this in the USA due to the DMCA - and other crappy laws that never would have been passed if lobbies didn't own our congressmen.

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I find it more irritating that Kindle can't read PDFs or free ePub formatted publications (without conversions), than I do that I can't read my Kindle content on some hypothetical device that doesn't run Kindle reader software. I think the only real value, is if such a process frees the media up from artificial publisher imposed text-to-speech restrictions.

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