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James Bond 4K Leaks Suggest iTunes Security Flaw

Posted by: , 15:53 AEDT, Sat March 23, 2019

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4K copies of all 24 James Bond movies are leaked online by pirates, and it seems they have been ripped from iTunes
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All 24 James Bond movies have been leaked in 4K quality online, leading some to speculate that a flaw has been found in the way iTunes protects its movies.

The "Bond" movies are available online, in 4K quality, on iTunes. This latest leak follows another 4K leak for 'Aquaman', which at that time, was exclusively available on iTunes.

While 4K copies of the James Bond movies are also available on Australian streaming outfit Stan in 4K, the Aussie versions are encoded in 25 frames per second, whereas these leaked copies are 24 fps. This suggests that the source of these latest leaks is also iTunes.

This suggests that the source of all these leaks is the iTunes version and because these releases were marked as "WEB-DL", it means that these are the exact same versions as the original legal source, only with copy protection removed. This is as opposed to "WEBRips", which are captured from the playback of web sources and re-encoded, which can lead to some quality loss.

Just how the copy protection on the iTunes movie files was defeated is still unknown. This could indicate a flaw in the iTunes copy protection system or a vulnerability on a playback device, such as the Apple TV.

Other 4K titles leaked include copies of 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse', 'Bumblebee' and 'The Mule'.

[via TorrentFreak]


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