It doesn’t take long for hackers to find vulnerabilities for newly released applications like the BBC iPlayer. Hackers had found a vulnerability that allowed them to save programs to their hard drives and share them.
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Programs can only be streamed for seven days after they air originally because of the rights BBC owns to its programs. PC users have a download service that allows them to store programs for up to 30 days after broadcast.
Hackers were using a flaw in the iPlayer website that was meant for streaming programs to the iPod of iPhone and were exploiting that flaw to save programs. The flaw was exploited by using a Firefox plug-in to capture the unprotected MP4 files BBC offers. The flaw has now been patched according to the BBC.
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