One of the horrors of the current quagmire in iraq is that assymetric warfare works exceptionally well, $25 worth of materials and the skills and machinery available in any motorcycle repair shop can build a weapon that will take out a $60 million tank.
It seems that the same applies digitally as Cracking Hollywood's code seems to be getting easier, faster and cheaper.
The system designed to protect next-generation DVDs from pirates has been cracked. Even the hackers are surprised at how easy it was.
The distribnution curve of intelligence in any population always, ALWAYS, puts the smartest people outside your organisation. The net also aggregates that external intelligence and enables it to collaborate and share the knowledge.
Can we just get it down as a maxim and file it away somewhere that we can't lose it? When it comes to outsmarting the internet, you cannot, ever, win.
No amount of money, no amount of computing power, no pile of PhD's will be enough to defeat the intelligence of the network.
The other problem is that, at some point, the technology you use has to allow the information to get out, and it has to contain its own keys and, as it happens with DVD's (and incidentally with RFID "protected" passports ) it has to identify itself in that stream.
Which is exactly where the new crack has come. millions wasted, customers frustrated, business lost and getting a bad reputation for not delivering, DRM must be working for someone, surely, isn't it?