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Leaked Aquaman Movie Suggests iTunes 4K Stream Cracked for First Time

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A 4K version of the movie "Aquaman" has popped up on torrent sites, and, as noted by TorrentFreak, it looks like the file may have come from iTunes, suggesting Apple's protections for 4K content have been breached.

The "Aquaman" file in question, which was shared earlier this week on Reddit, is labeled as a Web-DL, a name used in torrents to denote where it's from. Web-DL indicates a file pulled from a streaming service like Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon.

The title, "Aquaman.2018.2160p.WEB-DL.DDP5.1.HDR.HEVC-MOMA," suggests that this is a 4K release that was decrypted directly from iTunes. This is something that has never happened before with a 4K WEB-DL.
The file is indeed in 4K, and it popped up on torrent sites shortly after the movie was released on iTunes. There are no 4K releases of "Aquaman" from Netflix or Amazon, which led to immediate speculation that someone had managed to decrypt the file from iTunes.

4K files from iTunes have never been spotted on piracy sites before, making this a first that the piracy community is excited about. "4k Web-dl, history has been made today for pirates," wrote one reddit user on the r/piracy subreddit.

TorrentFreak says that it's "too early" to jump to conclusions about the origin of the file. While it's 4K, it could be mislabeled. There's a 4K version on VUDU, though the pirated version was uploaded ahead of the VUDU release.

If it is from iTunes, it's not yet clear how it was accessed. 4K content is only available on the Apple TV via tvOS, suggesting that if there's a security hole, it's in the tvOS operating system.
A source who has experience with the matter believes that it most likely comes from iTunes, as advertised. How, exactly, remains a mystery, but there may be a vulnerability in Apple's tvOS.

"Apple has 4k only on Apple TV running tvOS. I assume they skipped checks, if the device is jailbroken, and someone just dumped the encrypted stream and decrypted it via what's in memory as keys," says our source, who prefers to remain anonymous.
Since Aquaman appeared, two additional 4K Web-DL files for "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" have surfaced on torrent sites.

If there is indeed a vulnerability that has been exploited by those who pirate movies to access 4K iTunes content, Apple is likely to implement a fix quickly to prevent pirates from stealing additional 4K movies.

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derbladerunner

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Is cracking iTunes more likely than someone simply getting access to a 4K Bluray version early and claiming it to be "Web-DL"?

You beat me to it. Afaik 4K Blu-Rays have been cracked some time ago:

http://www.digital-digest.com/news-64740-Latest-Ultra-HD-Blu-ray-Copy-Protection-Cracked.html

So the only thing (if iTunes or another format still is safe) studios could do is postpone the 4K Blu-Ray releases a few weeks, am I right?

But sooner or later the movie will be out anyway.
 
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StellarVixen

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If pirates spent as much time hacking **** they don't want to pay for as they do working they could save themselves some time and afford the damn movie. #facepalm
It is not about "not having to pay". People who have skills to crack such stream probably have high paying job somewhere, they probably are putting their skills to use somewhere where the pay is very good.


There is thrill in the act itself, which is better than any kind of money.
 
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If pirates spent as much time hacking **** they don't want to pay for as they do working they could save themselves some time and afford the damn movie. #facepalm
It's not about the money for them. For some it's a challenge - and one they enjoy, for others it's a crusade - fighting against greedy corporations, and for some, it's for the street cred - which could lead to employment opportunities.

Not taking a side, but you can't just "these guys steal cause they can't afford it and need to get jobs" it's not accurate.
 
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Is cracking iTunes more likely than someone simply getting access to a 4K Bluray version early and claiming it to be "Web-DL"?

Well considering there isn't a download for the AACS2 keys for Aquaman yet. For each 4k disc you have to have it's own individual AACS2 key to make your personal back up for your disc it's most likely not a 4k disc rip. Those take awhile to show up especially for a movie that isn't technically out on disc yet.
 
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I completely disagree with pirating movies, music, software etc, but I also think it's stupid that one can't download a 4K title you've paid for, or that you have to use proprietary hardware to play it at all, and while those limitations exist it provides a convenient excuse for pirates to justify their behaviour, whatever their real motivations are.

I prefer physical media anyway so it's not like I am particularly affected either way.
 
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Won't shock me one bit if this turns out to be true and it is cracked. Plenty of "documentation" out there to suggest it's been a priority for a while. I'd rather buy movies and music then rip it off though, but some don't feel that way. However, I do understand the chase to have a challenge and complete it. When it comes to legal vs illegal.. I'll stick with my 15.00-20.00 discs.
 
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ccsicecoke

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I thought we could replicate any 4K movie by simply doing screen recording while playing that movie in iTunes
 
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It's not about the money for them. For some it's a challenge - and one they enjoy, for others it's a crusade - fighting against greedy corporations, and for some, it's for the street cred - which could lead to employment opportunities.

Not taking a side, but you can't just "these guys steal cause they can't afford it and need to get jobs" it's not accurate.
I agree but I feel like the commenter is confusing the original hacker for bittorrent users (which some see as hackers too). I know people that spend days downloading bit torrent streams in the time that they could be earning much more money to buy movies and much more. Part of their motives are also based on the thrill of defying the law or big studios but that is usually countered by the fact that they are young, immature and have too much extra time on their hands. They all grow out of it eventually.
 
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Well considering there isn't a download for the AACS2 keys for Aquaman yet. For each 4k disc you have to have it's own individual AACS2 key to make your personal back up for your disc it's most likely not a 4k disc rip. Those take awhile to show up especially for a movie that isn't technically out on disc yet.

Sadly, hackers and thieves don't even need keys anymore - {a new tool} took care of that. It amazes me the lengths people go to in order to bypass the content owner's rights. If this hack isn't from an Apple stream, I'd put my money on that new tool being this thief's method.

[Edited out the tool's name... I don't want to give anyone else any ideas.]
 
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