Chip designer Beyond Broadband has developed a password-free anti-piracy chip.
The outfit, founded by a quartet of cable industry veterans, has been granted a patent for making a chip to solve the problem of getting entertainment content and data securely over the Internet, broadband or wireless.
Steve Effros, one of the BBT partners and a former president of the Cable Telecommunications Association claims that the chip provides a totally secure communications path.
The chip does not involve software, which is too easy to hack, instead it has a "downloadable conditional access system," with its hardware specifically designed so only a licensed user can access the content.
According to the Hollywood Reporter it is an open system which different parties can use to protect data and intellectual property.
The plan would be that a distributor or company sends the content or data to a consumer or company by wired line, the Internet or over the air. The consumer downloads the movie, medical record or whatever kind of data to a cable box, TV, computer, game system or even bank, scientific or industrial database.
The pre-programmed computer chip inside the device receives the download and provides the only authorisation needed. The person receiving it does not need a password or a trusted authority or public/private key.
BBT plans to license the tech to cable tech providers, chip and hardware manufacturers, and consumer electronics companies. It is $5 a unit in comparison to the current cable card system.
Once it comes out, we will open a book on how long it takes hackers to knock it over. We also wonder if the NSA has come up with a backdoor for it yet, after all it should be able to send anything encrypted, not just movies.