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News Corp. firm accused of helping consumers pirate ITV services

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 27 Mar 2012 16:19 User comments (3)

News Corp. firm accused of helping consumers pirate ITV services A conditional access software developer that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. purchased in 1992 has been accused of hacking a rival's systems in order to sabotage them.
The rival, ITV Digital, closed up shop in 2002.

NDS, the accused developer, is said to have hacked ITV, leaking codes and other information that allowed pirates to counterfeit smart cards, giving anyone access to paid TV, for free.

Lee Gibling, who set up the popular 90s website "The House of Ill-Compute," is the whistleblower in the new case against a News Corp. company. Gibling says he was paid to publish the stolen info and codes, and he was hired by NDS' Ray Adams, who at the time was the head of UK-based security.

After ITV went under, News Corp.'s SkyTV became the UK's only pay network.

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3 user comments

128.3.2012 4:59

took that long to found that out?

229.3.2012 5:54

If anyone else caught the BBC's Panorama program on this, two of the most senior people who were suppose to be involved with this at NDS were both ex police officers.

According to the program they didn't just do this to ITVDigital, but a lot more competitors world wide.

329.3.2012 18:14

I smell blackmail...

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