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Last week, for about three days, the macOS video transcoding app HandBrake was compromised. One of the two download servers for HandBrake was serving up a special malware-infested version of the app, that, when launched, would essentially give hackers remote control of your computer.
In a case of extraordinarily bad luck, even for a guy that has a lot of bad computer luck, I happened to download HandBrake in that three day window, and my work Mac got pwned.
Long story short, somebody, somewhere, now has quite a bit of source code to several of our apps.
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5 days ago by rgl7194
HandBrake hack affects Mac app developer Panic | iMore
Handbrake was hacked and infected with malware, which was then downloaded by Panic, and now, unofficial Panic apps might be compromised.
Mac app developer Steven Frank of Panic, Inc. announced on the company blog that, through an incredible run of bad luck, he managed to download an infected copy of Handbrake during the three day window it was hacked and infected by malware. Panic is the maker of Coda, Transmit, Prompt, and Firewatch.
Popular video transcoder Handbrake had posted a security warning that its program was hacked. Anyone that downloaded Handbrake between May 2 and May 6 were told to verify the app is not infected by a trojan. Unfortunately, Frank got that trojan.
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Source Code for Panic Apps Stolen By Malware Thieves
Steven Frank:
Last week, for about three days, the macOS video transcoding app HandBrake was compromised. One of the two download servers for HandBrake was serving up a special malware-infested version of the app, that, when launched, would essentially give hackers remote control of your computer.
In a case of extraordinarily bad luck, even for a guy that has a lot of bad computer luck, I happened to download HandBrake in that three day window, and my work Mac got pwned.
Long story short, somebody, somewhere, now has quite a bit of source code to several of our apps.
This is one hell of a story and quite a shock, but the crew at Panic kept their heads together and did the right thing: they’ve opened up completely and honestly, refused to deal with the blackmailer, and I think they are correctly unworried about their source code being leaked publicly.
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Panic source code stolen in HandBrake app hack - Six Colors
Steven Frank of Panic:
In a case of extraordinarily bad luck, even for a guy that has a lot of bad computer luck, I happened to download HandBrake in that three day window, and my work Mac got pwned. Long story short, somebody, somewhere, now has quite a bit of source code to several of our apps.
It’s quite a story. The good news is, after a lot of consideration, Panic doesn’t feel this is a hugely damaging breach—and customer data doesn’t appear to have been affected. Apple has been notified and the FBI is investigating.
But if you see Panic apps on pirate sites, be warned—they could very well be compromised in the same way that HandBrake was, in order to compromise even more Macs and user data. (Also, don’t pirate software.)
security  privacy  malware  handbrake  pwn  mac 
5 days ago by rgl7194
The Case of the Stolen Source Code
Last week, for about three days, the macOS video transcoding app HandBrake was compromised. One of the two download servers for HandBrake was serving up a special malware-infested version of the app, that, when launched, would essentially give hackers remote control of your computer. // In a case of extraordinarily bad luck, even for a guy that has a lot of bad computer luck, I happened to download HandBrake in that three day window, and my work Mac got pwned. // Long story short, somebody, somewhere, now has quite a bit of source code to several of our apps.
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6 days ago by djwudi
A deep dive into HandBrake and Video Transcoding | The Robservatory
An obvious interest area of mine is in ripping (and watching) movies using my Mac. I’ve talked about everything from installing the tools I use to how I rip to how to make sure I update the ripping tools. And though I’ve included some comparison pictures in the how-I-rip article, I’ve never done a deep dive into the various ripping options and how they compare on three key fronts:
Speed: Faster is better; measured in minutes required to rip.
Size: Smaller is better; measured in MB of drive space used.
Quality: Higher is better; the closer the image quality is to the original, the better.
An ideal rip would be one that happens in seconds, saves into a 10KB file, and has quality matching the original. The reality, though, is far from the ideal. Ripping a movie involves making trade-offs between those three competing measures: Maximizing any one measure requires some sort of tradeoff with one or both of the other measures.
After ripping so many DVDs and Blu-rays over the years, I was curious about how HandBrake and Don Melton’s Video Transcoding tools handle those tradeoffs, so I decided to do some testing.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
HandBrake and the 99 title DVD mystery | Macworld
Macworld forum visitor DKotaev is having a problem with ripping a DVD that he owns. He writes:
I’ve been using the latest version of Handbrake, and it’s wonderful. However, I’m having problems ripping an Iron Man 2 DVD. I have to scan 99 titles and after that ordeal, I end up with a video that has no sound, mixed up video, and that is cut short. Any remedies?
First, our admonition on DVD ripping...
Now that you’ve taken that to heart, here’s what’s going on. You’ve encountered a copy protection measure that’s increasingly being used by the creators of these discs. Discs like this list multiple instances of a main feature title, all with different lengths. But only one of them is the real thing. HandBrake does its best to guess the correct one, but it often fails, leaving you with the kind of out-of-whack movie you’ve described.
So, the trick is discovering the real title. And that’s easily done.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
HandBrake: Open Source Video Transcoder
HandBrake: Open Source Video Transcoder

My video converter of choice.
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9 weeks ago by jerry7171

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