1 of 1 file dezzy
- 1999 November 4
- Drink Or Die (DoD)
This document is written cooperatively by the two groups that independently and simultaneously cracked the DVD Content Scrambling System, in order to straighten out mass media confusion.
MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> - The Truth about DVD CSS cracking by MoRE and [dEZZY/DoD] - MoRE+DoD> ------------------------------------------------------------ MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> Date: 4th of November 1999. MoRE+DoD> By: [dEZZY/DoD], [MultiAGP & German dood of MoRE] MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> This document is written cooperatively by the two groups MoRE+DoD> that independently and simultaneously cracked the DVD Content MoRE+DoD> Scrambling System, in order to straighten out mass media MoRE+DoD> confusion. MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> DoD -> Drink or Die: "warez bearz from Russia and Beyond" MoRE+DoD> MoRE -> Masters of Reverse Engineering MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> [dEZZY/DoD] alone is the author of DoD DVD Speed Ripper. MoRE+DoD> MoRE is a new group and they are the authors of DeCSS. MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> Lately, Jon Johansen of MoRE has been pretty much all over MoRE+DoD> the news in Norway, though he had NOTHING to do with the actual MoRE+DoD> cracking of the DVD CSS protection. Yes, it was MoRE who did MoRE+DoD> DeCSS, but the actual crack was not a team effort, MoRE didn't MoRE+DoD> even exist back when the anonymous German (who is now a MoRE MoRE+DoD> member) cracked it... MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> Most of the papers chose a headline very similar to this: MoRE+DoD> "15-year old Norwegian cracked the DVD-code". MoRE+DoD> They probably did this because they wanted to make a big MoRE+DoD> Norwegian "Wooohoooo" out of it. This was also pretty much MoRE+DoD> the contents of the TV show "Vestfold-sendingen" where they MoRE+DoD> brought up matters from Vestfold, Norway where Jon Johansen MoRE+DoD> lives. MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> In most newspapers they vagely included the name MoRE, and MoRE+DoD> that DeCSS was a team effort, but neither MoRE nor DoD liked MoRE+DoD> the headlines. Jon's comment on this matter is: MoRE+DoD> "I never told the media that I had cracked the dvd encryption. MoRE+DoD> What I told them, was that we (MoRE) had made an app called MoRE+DoD> DeCSS which would decrypt dvd movies and let them be played MoRE+DoD> off your hd, or off dvdrs if you have a dvd burner. I always MoRE+DoD> used _we_ and _MoRE_ when talking to them. I never said anything MoRE+DoD> about me or my position in the group. MoRE+DoD> Now that the storm is over, I see that all they were after, MoRE+DoD> was to get a big story. They even included some of "my" quotes, MoRE+DoD> which I never said. When media starts making up stuff, it's really MoRE+DoD> sad. I know that this has been done before in Norwegian media, MoRE+DoD> regarding the cooperation between a computer group at my school MoRE+DoD> and the school people in charge of the network. All I can say is MoRE+DoD> that I'm very sorry that the media twisted my words, and even lied, MoRE+DoD> to make it appear as I had done the cracking myself. I'm pretty MoRE+DoD> sure that I will do everything to avoid the media in the future, MoRE+DoD> but if I'm forced to talk with them, I'll have to get them to MoRE+DoD> sign an agreement. Again, I apologize on the behalf of Norwegian MoRE+DoD> press, and I hope that this document will make everything clear. MoRE+DoD> The truth shall set you free." MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> DoD DVD Speed Ripper was developed by [dEZZY/DoD] at the MoRE+DoD> same time as DeCSS. The first release of DoD's app (which MoRE+DoD> came out a couple of weeks before the first release of DeCSS) MoRE+DoD> did not work with all (WB) titles, like The Matrix. This was MoRE+DoD> known by [dEZZY/DoD] at the time of his release. MoRE decided MoRE+DoD> to wait until they could fix this. In short time, [dEZZY/DoD] MoRE+DoD> solved the problem and MoRE's top coder/disassembler from MoRE+DoD> Germany used that information to get DeCSS working with every MoRE+DoD> movie before they released it, along with a GUI. DeCSS was then MoRE+DoD> the first application which decrypted ALL dvd titles, since DoD MoRE+DoD> had not released a new version to the public. How MoRE got MoRE+DoD> their hands on the information by [dEZZY/DoD], seems to have MoRE+DoD> something to do with the Linux community... MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> Why Drink or Die didn't want to release a new version so soon, MoRE+DoD> was because warez sites nuke programs that are too close in MoRE+DoD> release (minimum 2-3 weeks). Meanwhile when DeCSS came out, it MoRE+DoD> caused DoD to delay any Windows release until a GUI version of MoRE+DoD> their Speed Ripper was done. However, they released a Linux MoRE+DoD> version of their ripper late October 1999. As for the new Windows MoRE+DoD> version of the Speed Ripper, [dEZZY/DoD] has been very busy with MoRE+DoD> his education and hence the ripper is extremely delayed. MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> [dEZZY/DoD] already got the idea of reverse engineering a DVD MoRE+DoD> player for the CSS code back in late summer 1998. He was not able MoRE+DoD> to do it at the time since he did not have access to a DVDROM. In MoRE+DoD> the beginning of 1999, MoRE's German member also got the idea. MoRE+DoD> [dEZZY/DoD] and MoRE's German member got CSS decryption code MoRE+DoD> working at the same time (middle of September 1999), without MoRE+DoD> having shared info (although they knew about each other). After MoRE+DoD> [dEZZY/DoD] solved "the problem", MoRE's German member, as stated MoRE+DoD> above, implemented these changes and added them to DeCSS for MoRE+DoD> release. MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> Before DeCSS was developed and released, MoRE had already sent MoRE+DoD> the source for the decryption to their contact in the Linux DVD MoRE+DoD> community, Derek Fawcus <firstname.lastname@example.org>. This is the reason MoRE+DoD> why one of Wired's news reporters was put on the case. MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> [dEZZY/DoD] also had relations in the Linux DVD community (who MoRE+DoD> does not want to be mentioned), but decided not to release the MoRE+DoD> source code publicly (at least not for the moment). MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> Enjoy the software! MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> MoRE+DoD> - Jon Johansen [MoRE] MoRE+DoD> - anonymous German cracker [MoRE] MoRE+DoD> - [dEZZY/DoD]