Demanda de DISH Network Co., que pertenece a EchoStar Communications. Candela. Espionaje en el mundo corporativo de los medios de comunicaciones. La demanda alega pérdidas de $900 millones de DISH. El segundo hacker más famoso del mundo, Christopher Tarnovsky, testifica en la demanda de DISH contra News Corp, de Rupert Murdoch sobre el pago que recibió para crear un programa pirata-espía. Al final del enlace de Wikipedia encontrarán los medios que pertenecen a News Corp., entre ellos, Wall Street Journal y MySpace. Tarnovsky alega que los pagos fueron para crear un programa de ‘reverse engeneering’, no para hackear las tarjetas de TV de DISH.

Reuters reporta que Christopher Tarnovsky recibió pagos regulares de Harper Collins -subsidiaria de News Corp.– durante 10 años.

… 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.

PCWorld, en “Lawsuit Alleges News Corp. Hired Hacker for Sabotage‘, resalta las declaraciones de Tarnovsky (considerado el segundo hacker del mundo) contratado por News Corp.

Tarnovsky said that the software he allegedly was paid to develop was not used to hack into DISH Network’s satellite service; rather the software was used for reverse engineering purposes.

A bit of background: A satellite television smart card is like an authentication card for a satellite television set-top box. When the box has an approved card it basically sends a signal to the satellite company saying it is okay to provide that box with content, including premium content.

Remember back in the 1980s and 1990s when cable descrambling boxes were all of the rage? Think of this like that, but with a 21st century twist.

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EchoStar and NagraStar contend that after NDS’s cards were cracked, the company reverse-engineered NagraStar’s card, then hired hackers and pirates to create cards that circumvented the access controls in EchoStar’s pay-TV system. The company claims it lost $900 million as a result of the pirating.

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