Widevine hack is clever, but it won't spur any waves of Netflix piracy any time soon.
January 3rd 2019, By Catalin Cimpanu
A British security researcher has cracked the L3 protection level of Google's Widevine
digital rights management (DRM) technology. The hack can allow the researcher to decrypt content transferred via DRM-protected multimedia streams.
While "cracking Google's DRM" sounds very cool, the hack isn't likely to fuel a massive piracy wave. The reason is that the hack works only against Widevine L3 streams, and not L2 and L1, which are the ones that carry high-quality audio and video data.
Any user who cracks a Widevine L3 stream would only gain access to grainy low-quality video and lo-fi audio.