Programmer claims to crack MS Reader

    Date30 Aug 2001
    CategoryCryptography
    4404
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    In another potential blow to online publishing, a U.S. programmer says he has developed software that defeats the most advanced encryption features of Microsoft's Reader, a software program for distributing electronic books. The programmer's claim was reported Thursday on the Web . . . In another potential blow to online publishing, a U.S. programmer says he has developed software that defeats the most advanced encryption features of Microsoft's Reader, a software program for distributing electronic books. The programmer's claim was reported Thursday on the Web site of MIT Technology Review, a publication of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston.

    Wade Roush, the author of the story, says he has seen a demonstration of the software. He declined to identify the programmer, who he says devised the software for "his personal use and says he has no plans to distribute the software to anyone."

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