[rumori] copy protection for hard drives

From: Steev Hise (steevATdetritus.net)
Date: Wed Dec 20 2000 - 19:26:28 PST

Wow, this is really REALLY bad news. Apparently proposed
modifications to the IDE and SCSI specifications will result
in each hard drive manufactured encrypting its data with
its own unique key. This means digital copying of
copyrighted material will be stopped *at the hardware
level*. (This will also, by the way, screw up existing
backup software)

If this goes through it will happen by NEXT
SUMMER. All new hard drives will have built-in copy

Of course, it might not work, and someone will probably
figure out how to hack it. but it's still scary...



Steev Hise, Syssy Admin
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