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NEWS: BBC closes copy protection loophole found by iPlayer hackers

The BBC says it has fixed its iPlayer online TV service to prevent users downloading programmes that were intended only for streaming on an iPhone or iPod Touch.

Hackers had breached the Digital Rights Management (DRM) system on iPlayer, enabling them to save the programmes to a hard disk and share them with others.

The BBC admitted it was most likely facing a cat and mouse game with hackers intent on circumnavigating the copy protection.

"It's an ongoing, constant process and one which we will continue to monitor," said the Corporation in a statement.

The BBC announced a version of iPlayer for the iPhone and iPod Touch last week, as we reported here.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.