Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
5,677 Reviews & Articles | 36,085 News Posts
Weekly Giveaway: Fractal Design Arc Cases Contest (Global Entry!)

Hulu Begins Encrypting its HTML

Encryption already broken

| Posted: Apr 1, 2009 6:44 pm

Hulu has decided to try and block plug-in applications from parsing their site for content.


To do this they have decided to encrypt the HTML that is sent to browsers where it is decrypted by Javascript. This is supposed to make it unable to be read by anything other than a regular browser. The concept is pretty simple idea really, nice and clean. would have been except for the tiny problem that there is already a fix to this little prevention scheme.


It seems that TunerFreeMCE's Martin Millmore caught the Hulu encryption and was able to get it sorted very fast. We are not sure what Hulu's next move will be.


Read more here


Hulu Begins Encrypting its HTML
That's quite a lot of effort just for fun, so I assume that is to stop screen scrapers from parsing content.


That means that no new programs will be added to Hulu in TunerFreeMCE at the moment, but your old list of programs should continue to work fine (I put in some defensive code recently to not wipe out the list if nothing was found), and I am working on code to decode the new content.


Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more news at our news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Post a Comment about this news

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Latest Downloads

View More Latest Downloads

TweakTown Web Poll

Question: Did EA kill the Battlefield franchise with the terrible BF4 issues?

Yes, Battlefield is doomed

No, Battlefield will live on strong

I'm not sure, but I know EA needs to improve its game

or View the Results

View More Polls

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Get TweakTown updates via Facebook!
Just click the "Like" button below