Smartcard cracker: Fox paid me to hack DISH's smartcards to promote piracy of DISH signals

A smartcard hacker says that he was paid large sums of cash by NewsCorp's satellite company (hidden in electronic devices mailed from Canada no less!) to crack the DISH network smartcards in order to cost the competitor hundreds of millions:
Christopher Tarnovsky -- who said his first payment was $20,000 in cash hidden in electronic devices mailed from Canada -- testified in a corporate-spying lawsuit brought against News Corp's NDS Group (NNDS.O: Quote, Profile, Research) by DISH Network Corp (DISH.O: Quote, Profile, Research)...

But lawyers for DISH Network claim Tarnovsky's mission was to hack into DISH's satellite network, steal the security code, then flood the market with pirated smart cards costing DISH $900 million in lost revenue and system-repair costs.

Link (Thanks, Michael!)

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  1. This kind of lawlessness will continue unabated until rogue nations like Canada are brought to heel. God forbid they develop nuclear power or we’re all doomed.

  2. Just try it, and we’ll burn down your White House. Again.

    Oh, AND we’ll take away your Labatt Blue!

  3. I’ll never be able to forgive your people for burning our beloved whitehouse. how could anyone have treated dolly madison so shabily? keep your freakin’ labatts i’m fine with my Yuengling.

  4. People and their friggin’ agendas. Pleah!

    Are some of these corporations any different from the mafia? Or from crotch grabbin’ gangatas who “gots to git paid”? Or smash-and-grab meth heads stealing all the copper in America’s heartland?

    Sometimes this stuff makes me want to digitize every piece of media, and every trade secret, that I have access to and release it on BitTorrent.

    Michael W. Dean

  5. People and their friggin’ agendas. Pleah!

    Are some of these corporations any different from the mafia? Or from crotch grabbin’ gangatas who “gots to git paid”? Or smash-and-grab meth heads stealing all the copper in America’s heartland?

    Sometimes this stuff makes me want to digitize every piece of media, and every trade secret, that I have access to and release it on BitTorrent.

    Michael W. Dean

  6. MichaelWDean:

    “Are some of these corporations any different from … crotch grabbin’ gangatas who “gots to git paid”?”

    *cough* google O’reilly Falafel *cough* NSFW*COUGHCOUGHCOUGH*

  7. Um, I know about that case, but don’t get the joke. cough.

    Are you saying that Bill O’Reilly May have agendas? OK. I agree. Pervy and pushy agendas, even. And he works for a corporation. NewsCorp, in fact.

    If the joke is more than that, please explain. I don’t get it. Cough.

    MWD

  8. #3 – (hums) It burned burned burned, and weee’re the ones that did it..

    How is this story not the least bit surprising? “Oh we just paid him to reverse-engineered it, nothing wrong with that.” Hmm, can we reverse-engineer the skin of News Corp’s board of directors? I want to see what makes -them- tick.

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