Pay TV piracy hits Murdoch
A secret unit within Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation promoted a wave of high-tech piracy in Australia that damaged Austar, Optus and Foxtel at a time when News was moving to take control of the Australian pay TV industry,
a four-year investigation by The Australian Financial Review has revealed.
The company started out as News Datacom (NDC) in 1989, and later changed its name to News Digital Systems, hence its current name.
NDS CEO Abe Peled is a former Israeli Army platoon commander who served during the Six Day War between Israel and the Arab states. The head of Security at NDS is Reuven Hasak, the former deputy head of Israel's Shin Bet security service. This role is conducted through Shafran Ltd., a Tel Aviv based `security consultancy' firm headed by Hasak and three other former senior Shin Bet officers.
Canal Plus lawsuit
NDS has in the past been accused of breaking other companies' satellite encryption schemes, and was involved in a lawsuit brought by Canal Plus. The lawsuit, filed on July 25 2003 in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, alleged that NDS spent huge sums to break Canal Plus's conditional access technology and published the code on the internet which allowed fraudsters to manufacture counterfeit smart cards. The company filed an amended complaint on October 9; however, this was dismissed. Other legal action by Echostar/NagraStar was being pursued as late as August 2005 accusing NDS of the same wrongdoing.
The Guardian, an independent UK broadsheet newspaper, broke the story with accusations that the NDS laboratory in Haifa, Israel had been working on breaking the France Telecom produced MediaGuard smartcards used by Canal+, ITV Digital and other non-Murdoch owned TV companies throughout Europe. In the front-page story, the Guardian accused NDS of deliberately extracting the UserROM code from the MediaGuard cards and then leaking it onto the internet. The theory was lent credibility by the fact that extraction of the code from the cards would have required extremely specialized knowledge and expensive equipment — specifically, a scanning electron microscope. SEMs are tracked and controlled, and thus obtaining them without leaving a paper trail is difficult.Template:Fact
NDS was investigated in 1996 for tax evasion in Israel. NDS offices were raided in October 1996 amid allegations of tens of millions of dollars of unpaid tax.
NDS owns Orbis, a leading provider of online gaming technology and Jungo who provide software for residential gateways." (end snip)Here's Wikipedia's version as well...
Plus you'll notice that it is mentioned that Information Technology Giant CISCO have made a bid to aquire NDS just this month...
Cisco's relationship with the spooks and deep state government is well known...
Very Interesting..The connections are all there aren't they??