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Thread: Card Sharing

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    Card sharing is a term used concerning Satellite television piracy. As technology has made the security of smartcards in conditional access systems increase, card sharing has become a more popular method of pirate decryption. Much of the development of card sharing hardware and software has taken place in Europe where national boundaries mean that home users are able to receive satellite television signals from many countries but are unable to legally subscribe to them due to licensing restrictions on broadcasters.
    Card sharing is a method by which independent satellite receivers obtain simultaneous access to a pay television network, using one legitimate conditional access subscription card. Typically, the legitimate card is attached to a personal computer or set top box, which is connected to a computer network, including the internet, and is configured to provide the legitimately decrypted control word to other receivers who request the information. This decrypted control word is then used to decode an encrypted conditional access service, as though each other receiver were using its own subscription card.
    Because the length of the control word is so small (often 16 bytes), delivery of the control words over wide area networks to many different set top boxes is easily possible on a home internet connection. This has sparked off the creation of sharing network groups, in which a user can access the group by sharing their subscription card with the group, and in turn, being capable of receiving the channels which all users' cards can decrypt, as though the user owned every single subscription card. Other networks have also been created, whereby one server has multiple legitimate subscription cards connected to it. Access to this server is then restricted to those who pay the server's owner their own subscription fee.
    This has caused major concern to the conditional access subscription card manufacturers, and their respective pay-tv companies, since virtually every encryption system can be shared, allowing unauthorised access. Unlike the hacking of smart cards, card sharing is relatively new, thanks to the recent increase in home internet speeds. Conditional access providers therefore have few counter measures to combat its use. One such method, used by several providers, is to greatly increase the frequency of changing the control word, used to decode the channel. With changing occurring as frequently as once every 5 seconds, this puts extra stress onto the server of the subscription card, meaning that clients are frustrated by short, but frequent, missed viewing, making viewing possible, but with extreme inconvenience.
    The future of card sharing is unknown, because it is equally unclear how widespread its use is. Many conditional access providers may see it unworthy to produce new cards to send to all subscribers, as their manufacturing costs are too high. The latest ****** cards, however, have been produced in a way by which card sharing seemed not possible, but now they can be shared again.

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    thanks for the information,
    we at least know now what card sharing is all about
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    nothing new for us

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    This information will help alot for newbies.Thanks alot brother.

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    thanks a lot epoche10
    very easy to understand,
    every day you learn a little more

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    So now we all know, you can "cut and paste"

    perhaps you could explain your quote below, is this not a contradiction in terms,

    Quote Originally Posted by epoche10 View Post
    The latest ****** cards, however, have been produced in a way by which card sharing seemed not possible, but now they can be shared again.
    regards from OZ bassett



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