back to article DISH Network awarded $1,050 in NDS card crack case

NDS Group is going to have to tighten its belt. After a mere day's deliberation, a US jury has cleared the company of deliberately cracking the competition's smart cards and circulating the cracks online. It has been found guilty of cracking just the one card, and is thus liable for a hefty $49.69, plus a grand in damages. NDS …

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Pirate

How long would the prison setence be for a real person?

If the card had been cracked by a private individual, then they would probably be doing prison time.

How valuable does a company need to be before its staff are exempt from criminal prosecution?

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Boffin

The way it is…

The way NDS treated DISH is exactly what they face themselves every day. Stakes are high and what they did should be considered quite modest, compared to simplier things like tech thieft or spying on competitor.

BTW, NDS may as well be called Israel, Jerusalem based esp. if talking about their security part of business.

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Anonymous Coward

Latest chapter in a long story

There was the murky business around CANAL+ .....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2002/mar/17/theobserver.observerbusiness9

.... but their case was dropped...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/2306053.stm

Of course, the big snag with NDS getting their system used by so many broadcasters is that Videoguard has now become more attractive to the chaps in Eastern Europe (where they are only afraid of Putin, and not Rupert).

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How long would the prison setence be for a real person?

It's about four years....

In April 1998 the recently departed Chris Cary (he was sincerely a wonderful chap!) was sentenced to four years in jail for his part in cracking Sky's (by NDS, I believe) encryption.

Little difference if you consider that he cracked it for an advantage -

I suppose hackers on the payroll of a big encryption company does not 'prove' they were doing anything sinister to gain their employer a competitive advantage? Perish the thought!

Digger.

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Alert

C'mon!

My old mate Rupe' wouldn't be up to anything dodgy!!

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USFL

Reminded me of USFL vs NFL.

$3 Ha! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usfl#USFL_v._NFL

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Pirate

@PushF12 & Rsh

I believe the true answer is zero. According to the DMCA (http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf):

"3. Encryption research (section 1201(g)). An exception for encryption research permits circumvention of access control measures, and the development of the technological means to do so, in order to identify flaws and vulnerabilities of encryption technologies."

Hacking isn't against the law; using the hack to 'steal' pay TV (or any other) service is.

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How Long for a Real Person?

My childhood best friend Jeff Carr, who died this past August just a week past his 42nd birthday, did 40 months in a Federal Pen for his involvment in hacking the Video Cypher II (VC2) system on the big C-band dish systems in the mid to late 1990's.

Not sure if any of you remember Jeff, but he told me all about this deal with NDS and how they got the competition's (DISH) card hacked and then released it to cause them trouble and make NDS look good in comparison.

So the previous comment on an individual getting about 4 years for Video hacking is right on the money.

NDS just got a F***ing slap on the wrist for this.

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