BBC IPlayer Hack Patched

Posted: Mar 17 2008, 8:54am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 6:46am CDT, in News | Other Stuff

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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.

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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