4K content ripped by pirates from Netflix and Amazon is flooding torrent sites
Stephan Jukic – December 2, 2015
In what shouldn’t be a surprising piece of news to anyone who’s at all aware of just how persistently dedicated content pirates can be, it turns out that even some of the most firmly protected and newest next-generation content in the world isn’t immune to copy theft.
Torrent sites are now being “flooded” with copies of 4K movies and other programming stolen away from streaming services like Amazon.com or Netflix. This was a phenomena first reported earlier in the year with just a couple of pirated 4K episodes of Breaking Bad appearing on a couple of torrent sites but after that the digital content piracy front was quite for some time.
Until now. Now, the sheer massive volume of 4K UHD and even “True 4K” /4096 x 2160 pixel episodes of assorted shows from both Netflix and Amazon, as well as movies in 4K resolution is impressive and what all these copies for download indicate is that the pirates have made some sort of major breakthrough in hacking past the encryption used by these major streaming services to protect their content.
In other words, after all the effort to bring end-to-end HDCP 2.2 content copy protection to not only 4K TVs but also every device between TV and streaming or other content source (such as 4K media players), the efforts were mostly for naught. Web users today can download shows and movies from a surprisingly wide selection of pirated content in full 4K resolution without any problems, assuming their internet connection and hard drive space are large enough, since even a single episode of “The Man in the High Castle” in 4K amounts to nearly a dozen gigabytes.
And this is indeed a new phenomenon and thus suggestive of an encryption protection hack, since until recently, there was no pirated 4K content to be found on numerous torrent downloading sites. Thus, according to speculation by torrent news sites like TorrentFreak, somebody probably broke open the encryption used by Netflix, Amazon and others to protect their native UHD media files.
One anonymous group of pirates who regularly releases such content has also told TorrentFreak that users can look forward to much more content down the road.
Some of the content on offer includes exclusive series like “Man in the High Castle” from Amazon or “Jessica Jones” from Netflix. There are also movies in 4K to be found and they’re all completely free for the taking.
Now that this content hole has been opened, streaming services are no doubt scrambling to find out how this happened and seal the leak. However, this will almost certainly be a slow process and for whatever content is now available for download, there is no saving it: A media file that has been leaked and de-protected can then be copied endlessly by anyone.
Story by 4k.com