An update to this post.
Alex Halderman discovered that new copy protection software for music cds could easily be avoided by pressing the shift key.
SunnComm’s (the company that wrote the software) stock has since fallen 20%.
Now, SunnComm plans to sue the student under the DMCA and claim that SunnComm’s reputation has been falsely damaged.
According to SunnComm’s CEO:
“No matter what their credentials or rationale, it is wrong to use one’s knowledge and the cover of academia to facilitate piracy and theft of digital property.”
It’s a shift key people. A SHIFT KEY!