Feeds

SDMI crack team scurries away in fear again

The professor who cried wolf

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Princeton University Computer Science Professor Edward Felten, who has credited himself and his team with cracking the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) Public Challenge, has once again wussed-out after threatening to do something frightfully daring like publish the results of his research.

Felten first backed down from publishing in January, after lawyers terrified him with horror stories of how the music Titans would punish him with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Felten subsequently appeared to have grown a pair when he arranged to deliver his results at the Fourth International Information Hiding Workshop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week; but at the last minute, whatever endocrine tissues he'd managed to develop magically retracted whence they came.

Felten announced Thursday that he'd just as soon not reveal his research during the workshop because legal action had once again been threatened.

"Litigation is costly, time-consuming and uncertain, regardless of the merits of the other side's case," Felten whinged. "Ultimately, we....reached a collective decision not to expose ourselves, our employers and the conference organizers to litigation."

A 'collective decision' indeed. If there's anything worse than a wuss, it's a wuss who tries to implicate others in his cowardice. For those who still care, we've got the paper Felten can't quite bring himself to publish mirrored here. ®

Related stories

SDMI cracks revealed
Prof hushes SDMI crack on DMCA terror

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nokia offers 'voluntary retirement' to 6,000+ Indian employees
India's 'predictability and stability' cited as mobe-maker's tax payment deadline nears
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68
RIP Blighty's best-selling author of the 1980s
Analysts: Bright future for smartphones, tablets, wearables
There's plenty of good money to be made if you stay out of the PC market
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.