Update to Google Video: Hacked Already

According to Techdirt, the same fellow who hacked the DVD encryption – DVD Jon – has hacked the Google video player, just as we predicted. Now it plays on any site. Update: Sure, I guess you can say it's not a hack if it's an open source tool, but…

According to Techdirt, the same fellow who hacked the DVD encryption – DVD Jon – has hacked the Google video player, just as we predicted. Now it plays on any site.

Update: Sure, I guess you can say it’s not a hack if it’s an open source tool, but then again, this response from Google – sent to me by Google PR – sure makes it feel like a hack:

“This modification of Google’s open source video viewer does not compromise

the integrity and security of content available from Google Video in any

way. We strongly advise Google Video users to not download this modification

because it could result in security vulnerabilities on their computer and

may disrupt their computer’s ability to access Google Video.”

In other words, “Don’t worry, publishers, you’re cool….but if you are a user, worry….”

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

4 thoughts on “Update to Google Video: Hacked Already”

  1. Must have a been a slow news day for the journalist that “broke” this story. To give Jon some slack, he never said he “hacked” anything.

    Also, google have a very good point regarding user safety – they can only vouch for stuff on their own servers being “safe”..

    how can a video be dangerous you may ask?

    Ask B. Gates, how can windows run code inside a .gif file?

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