Has 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc been cracked?
We can’t corroborate the claims but a Russian software company is claiming to have broken the copy protection on a number of Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, allowing them to be ‘ripped’ to a digital format with the release of its tool, named DeUHD.
Regular Blu-ray discs have long since been easy to rip but it was though that the AACS 2.0 protection present on 4K Blu-ray was far more robust but, according to the company behind the software, it has now been achieved, at least for a number of discs. AT the time of writing, the website lists 31 discs whose protection has been cracked, including John Wick: Chapter 2, The Iron Man Trilogy, Life, T2 Trainspotting, Mad Max: Fury Roadand The Martian. The company said it will add new titles on a weekly basis.
“It is a tool to decrypt the UHD disc, like remove the AACS 2.0 protections,” the company says on its website, with the software available to buy for 199 € or as a free trial which will let you decrypt around ten minutes of the disc.
The software works with the following UHD drives but the developers say they will add more of these too as time goes by - LG WH16NS40, LG BH16NS40, ASUS BW-12B1ST, ASUS BC-12D2HT, ASUS BW-16D1HT, LG BE16NU50, LG BH16NS55, LG WH16NS58. You’ll need a recent(ish) version of Windows (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10) too.
DeUHD works in the background to automatically enable read access of the contents of a 4K UHD movie as soon as it’s inserted into the drive. It is also able to rip the disc to your hard disk as a folder or an ISO file, and then you can play them on your UHD player, claims the company.
It is not clear what exploit the software uses to decrypt the discs, at this time, but you can be sure that the interested parties will be working hard to plug it.
Sources: TorrentFreak, DeUHD
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