How to hack a pay TV smartcard

While the legal tussle over the hacking allegations levelled at News Corp subsidiary NDS is expected to continue for a while here's a look at how the technology works.

Over the last couple of days a small furore has erupted over allegations a News Corp subsidiary, NDS, has been hacking the pay-TV smartcards of News Corp’s competitors, and even News Corp’s own companies – allegations that NDS vigorously denies.

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