Most pay-TV operators take measures to protect their content from various forms of piracy, such as stealth and redistribution of content. They know very well that pirates now increasingly look for and exploit vulnerabilities outside the traditional conditional access security domain. But they do not always realize that pirates often have other goals for hacking than getting hold of content, and that these other attacks can be just as devastating to pay-TV operations as content piracy, if not more so.
This paper explores the damage that can be done to pay-TV operations by hacking hybrid STBs, and what operators can do to prevent such attacks.
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