If you are into illegally downloading movies then you’ll be pleased to know it appears that AACS 2.0 may have been cracked and the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray movie has been leaked online. Torrentfreak is reporting that torrent community UltraHDClub has taken full credit for cracking AACS 2.0 and uploading the first pirated 4K Ultra HD movie. If you are part of the distribution arm of Disney, Warner Brothers or Sony or AACS founding investors Microsoft, Panasonic, Toshiba or Intel then this news probably grinds your suspenders.
AACS 2.0 (Advanced Access Content System) is a security protection for optical discs that is supposed to prevent this kind of thing. It was really only a matter of time before it was (possibly) cracked. Torrentfreak has also confirmed that the upload was legit and is a straight up copy of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc. If you haven’t watched anything in 4K Ultra UD, then this probably means nothing to you. If you watch all your torrented movies on your tablet or laptop in a coffee shop, then for now, you are unimpressed. For two reasons.
The first reason is that this is a massive file. I haven’t confirmed the file for myself for this and the second reason (also downloading it would be illegal and I’m not getting pinched for this film, no way). The file is 53.30 GB. Torrent files for even the best movies usually cap out around 9 GB, with the right compression creating files as small as ~750 MB for 720p resolution movies. So downloading a 53.30 GB file to port to your 4K TV seems like a bit of overkill.
Second, the file name is “The Smurfs 2 (2013) 2160p UHD Blu-ray HEVC Atmos 7.1-THRONE.” That does not imply that this movie is anything else than the blue-stained squealing tire fire that is Smurfs 2. So not only would you have to download this amalgamation of wildly disturbing Smurf animation and acting worthy of every adult in any movie about a talking baby, you’d then have to be willing to seed it.
To be clear to those admonishing online piracy and gasping at the possibility that AACS 2.0 was actually cracked, just because a 4k Ultra HD Blu-Ray copy of a painfully terrible movie from four years ago has surfaced online doesn’t directly imply that. We’ll have to wait and see if this isn’t a fluke, which means either more 4K UHD movies will start appearing on torrent sites or they won’t. It’s worth noting the Reddit comments in r/piracy seem to agree with AACS 2.0 being cracked, even though there didn’t seem to be anything that addressed the choice of movie.
Whether this will lead to suddenly seeing all 4K Ultra HD on torrenting sites is yet to be determined. I’m sure compression rate will improve over time (as it’s wont to do) and file sizes will decrease. I’m not sure if we’ll see a response from the AACS partner companies, as acknowledging AACS 2.0 has been cracked might be worse than it actually having been cracked. Frankly, the Smurfs 2 decision leads to think this was either a fluke, or a beta test. Either way, I wouldn’t touch that file through a stranger’s VPN.
Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ May 5, 2017 at 08:12AM