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>From siliconvalley.com's GMSV column today:

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition, "the white screen of
death"" A small Texas venture with roots in the intelligence
community has developed a digital copy protection scheme that
it says is nearly unbeatable. Infraworks' InTether utility
can not only limit the number of times a recipient can view or
play a file, it can determine how long that file can be viewed
or played. More intriguing still, InTether can make a file
self-destruct if it's tampered with. The utility is enabled
with 11 layers of security defenses, all of which must be
successfully navigated to disable the system. These layers
range from a series of forced reboots designed to thwart
automated hacking tools to something called "the white screen
of death" which destroys the software and all files stored
inside it. Infraworks CEO George Friedman says the
application's system-level control is possible largely because
it is firmly anchored into users' C drives during
installation. "We're fairly deep in the operating system,"
Friedman told Inside.com, "so we see what's going on and we
either permit or deny it from happening in relation ... to the
files under our control." While InTether has been dismissed
by some -- most notably encryption expert Bruce Schneier -- as
untenable, the technology has sparked the interest of some
publishing concerns, among them Time Inc.and McGraw-Hill.

Se if these bozos get into the kernel anytime soon...

Andre Hedrick
Linux ATA Development

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