2019 is already shaping up to be an odd year as the USB Implementers Forum has proposed a way to utilize DRM for good! Instead of focusing on preventing you from displaying media in inventive ways, they seek to use it to prevent dodgy USB-C cables from releasing the magic smoke from your favourite electronic devices. They propose to include a bespoke 128-bit encryption key in the USB protocol which will only allow power to pass over a cable which can match a valid key, with the option to allow sysadmins to create their own to prevent non-approved USB devices to connect to secure systems.
The Inquirer does bring up one possible fly in the ointment, the proposed standard encompasses USB 3.0, USB 3.1, HDMI, DisplayLink and Thunderbolt; which may lead to some interesting repercussions.
"But the USB-IF working group, which represents manufacturers of products that offer the standard, aren't giving up, with plans to create an "Authentication Program" to ensure that only reliable products can be used."
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- Valve data shows PC VR ownership rose steadily in 2018 @ Ars Technica
- Insiders! The good news: Windows 10 Sandbox is here for testing. Bad news: Microsoft has already broken it @ The Register
- Hackers are using Chromecasts to broadcast security risks about Chromecast @ The Inquirer