Monday, June 6, 2011

Smartcard cracker: Fox paid me to hack DISH's smartcards to promote piracy of DISH signals

A smartcard hacker says that he was paid large sums of cash by NewsCorp's satellite company (hidden in electronic devices mailed from Canada no less!) to crack the DISH network smartcards in order to cost the competitor hundreds of millions:
Christopher Tarnovsky -- who said his first payment was $20,000 in cash hidden in electronic devices mailed from Canada -- testified in a corporate-spying lawsuit brought against News Corp's NDS Group (NNDS.O: Quote, Profile, Research) by DISH Network Corp (DISH.O: Quote, Profile, Research)...

But lawyers for DISH Network claim Tarnovsky's mission was to hack into DISH's satellite network, steal the security code, then flood the market with pirated smart cards costing DISH $900 million in lost revenue and system-repair costs.