Hacker Claims to Have Broken Kindle Encryption

Posted on December 29, 2009

CNET reports that a hacker claims to have cracked the encryption on Amazon.com's Kindle. The hack allows Kindle books to be exported to other devices.
One hack reportedly resulted from a Kindle DRM challenge issued on Israeli forum Hacking.org. On that site, an Israeli hacker known as Labba claims to have created a tool that lets e-books stored on the Kindle be transferred as PDF files.

A U.S. hacker who goes by the name "i*cabbages," meanwhile, created a program called Unswindle that promises to convert books stored in the Kindle for PC application into a different file format. The free Kindle for PC app lets book buyers read their books right from their PCs without having to buy a Kindle reader. Unswindle has to be used in conjunction with MobiDeDRM, a program by another hacker named "darkreverser."

Posters on i*cabbages' blog give Unswindle mixed reviews, ranging from "works like a charm" and "worked flawlessly" to descriptions of various errors.
This DRM (Digital Rights Management) issue is one more reason why the major publishers are so wary of ebooks. That and the fact that they can't charge very much for ebooks.

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