DRM (Digital Rights Management) has long been the bane of consumers eager to move over to digital formats. So it’s no wonder hackers are constantly trying to find ways around the much-hated copyright protection.
Copyright holders consider DRM as an essential tool in their fight against piracy, but consumers are left with content they own but have limited control and ownership of.
The most famous DRM workaround was managed by DVD Jon, so-named after he cracked the copy protection on DVDs in 1999. He then went on to crack the copyright protection on iTunes, which lead Apple to cease the practice.
Now, according to ChannelWeb, hackers are claiming to have cracked the DRM protection for the Amazon Kindle.
Amazon sells ebooks for the Kindle in the .azw format. An Israeli hacker known as ‘Labba’ claims on the hacking.org site to have cracked the Kindle’s copyright protection. While another hacker known as ‘I [heart] cabbages’ has created a program called Unswindle, which can reformat content so it can be moved to other devices.
Amazon has yet to make a statement on either claim of a workaround but is likely to try and circumvent the hack in the new year.