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World’s First Virtual Riot – Starring Digg

By on May 2, 2007

Digg.com bans a user for posting the HD-DVD encryption key that was recently cracked.
09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0

The worlds first virtual riot ensues.

The number — a “processing key” — was discovered by Doom9 message-board poster muslix64, who was frustrated by his inability to play his lawfully purchased HD-DVD movies because of failure in the anti-copying system.

Here is a blog post by the head honchos at Digg on the matter and a later post from Kevin Rose.

Google lists 56,500 pages that contain the number, most of them posted in the past few days in response to the story of AACS LA’s letters. So much for keeping it a secret.

A host of other blog posts on the Digg implosion have been appearing all over the net today:
DomainTools: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0.com
Mashable: Digg Out of Control
SlashDot: Digg.com Attempts To Suppress HD-DVD Revolt
Mashable: Scenes from the Digg Implosion
BoingBoing: Digg users revolt over AACS key
ParisLemon: 32 digits driving Digg users crazy
InfortmationWeek: HD DVD/Blu-ray Decryption Key Widely Posted Online
TechCrunch: Digg surrenders to the mobb
Rudd-O.com: Spread this number
Freedom-to-Tinker: AACS plays whack-a-mole with Extracted Key
CJ Millisock: How I got banned from Digg
Pronet Advertising: Mob takes over Digg, User Revolt
Gizmodo: Digg Riot in Full Effect Over Pulled HD-DVD Key Story

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