Steal this movie - Automatically bypassing DRM protection in streaming media services

Ruoyu Wang, Yan Shoshitaishvili, Christopher Kruegel, Giovanni Vigna

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

39 Scopus citations


Streaming movies online is quickly becoming the way in which users access video entertainment. This has been powered by the ubiquitous presence of the Internet and the availability of a number of hardware platforms that make access to movies convenient. Often, video-on-demand services use a digital rights management system to prevent the user from duplicating videos because much of the economic model of video stream services relies on the fact that the videos cannot easily be saved to permanent storage and (illegally) shared with other customers. In this paper, we introduce a general memory-based approach that circumvents the protections deployed by popular video-on-demand providers. We apply our approach to four different examples of streaming services: Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, Spotify, and Netflix and we demonstrate that, by using our technique, it is possible to break DRM protection in a semi-automated way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd USENIX Security Symposium
PublisherUSENIX Association
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781931971034
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd USENIX Security Symposium - Washington, United States
Duration: Aug 14 2013Aug 16 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 22nd USENIX Security Symposium


Conference22nd USENIX Security Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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