The Norwegian hacker famous for cracking DVD encryption says he has cracked Apple AirPort Express.
Jon Lech Johansen has revealed the public key that Apple AirPort
Express, a wireless networking protocol, uses to encrypt music sent
between iTunes and a wireless base station.
was released in June 2004 as a small wireless bridge from a personal
computer to a stereo. Details of the AirPort Express codes were also
published on Johansen's weblog, which is called So Sue Me.
In a double whammy for Apple, Johansen also wrote a program
called JustePort, allowing software other than Apple iTunes to stream
music to AirPort Express.
As a result of Johansen's work, it's now only a matter of time before
other popular software is capable of streaming music to the AirPort
Express. Until now, a copy of iTunes 4.6 was required.
Johansen shot to fame over his controversial program that bypassed DeCSS encryption schemes on DVDs.
In 2003, he narrowly escaped criminal charges, brought by
Hollywood, after a Norwegian court found him justified in developing
the program to view legally bought DVDs on his Linux machine.
Lars Pasveer writes for ZDNet Netherlands