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Online Music Safeguards Withstand Hackers
By Mike Musgrove Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday , November 9, 2000 ; Page E04
A coalition of companies in the software and recording industries declared yesterday that three of five technologies aimed at stopping the online piracy of music had so far survived attack by hackers seeking to win $10,000 for cracking the security measures.
The coalition, which calls itself the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), sponsored the public challenge as a means to test the strength of the five technologies, some of which embed a digital "watermark" in the music to prevent unauthorized copying. The technology that the SDMI eventually embraces will be used by the recording industry in an effort to help protect its copyrights while drawing consumers away from the popularity of easily traded MP3 files.
"Of the five proposed technologies that SDMI still has under consideration, successful attacks were not identified on three technologies and were identified on two," SDMI Executive Director Leonardo Chiariglione said yesterday in a statement. Chiariglione, whose group is meeting this week in Washington, did not identify which technologies had been defeated.
Some participants in the challenge questioned the SDMI's verdict. A group of researchers based at Princeton University, Rice University and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center had previously claimed that it cracked all of the proposed security measures.