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A security flaw in the system of Hollywood screeners exposes dozens of unreleased films

The fight against the spread of copyrighted content has become a priority and headaches of the film industry is a reality that, in recent years, yet has become more evident. A fight in which, unfortunately, the major Hollywood studios continue encrypting the losses related to these practices in almost 600 million euros.

A context in which the screener copies of the latest movies are one of the most valuable assets and a “assets” that over the years have tried to protect testing systems like Netflix and the like to avoid using physical disks. One of them is awards-screeners.com , which allows members of the industry see the putlocker movies before anyone in a secure environment. However, a new vulnerability could have endangered.

What is vulnerability

Screeners Awards

So although in recent years Hollywood has made every effort to limit such leaks, the fact is that, usually, and after 12 months, the best titles end up sneaking into the net with a fairly acceptable quality. A reality to which studies have been testing different methods.

This is the case of the aforementioned awards-screeners, which allows members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA-SAG) access to these copies without doing so present a hazard . However, a few days ago, security researcher Chris Vickery, a member of MacKeeper , discovered a database on the network that appeared to be part of it. A place you could be accessed without authentication.

“THE DATABASE DOES NOT REQUEST AUTHENTICATION REQUIRED FOR ACCESS. NEITHER USERNAME, OR PASSWORD. IT IS TOTALLY EXPOSED TO THE OPEN INTERNET “

In addition, Vickery found that it could be seen more than 1,200 user accountsbelonging even members as the Director of Technology and Security and Disney, the Director of content protection Paramount, vice president of International Technology Universal Pictures and other senior officials. The vice president of corporate communications and advertising 20th Century Fox and Vice President of Global Business Strategy and Technology Warner also trickled in this list.

In addition, the database access offered to the public as a system administrator, so that “any of the values of the database could be changed, ie, that anyone could create their own password”. Something that, at the same time providing interested parties the ability to sign with any of these 1,200 accounts, gain an unreleased film, and share itacross the network . Something that certainly is a real and serious problem.