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Hacking Sky Anytime+ Part 2

*Update* Further investigation

See my previous post: https://tickett.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/hacking-sky-anytime/

I couldn’t help but start some investigating…

I installed WinPcap, Cain & EffeTech HTTP Sniffer in a virtual machine and got cracking

Firstly, I had to enable ARP poisoning in Cain

You can find your sky box’s ip address by pressing services -> 0 -> 6 from the sky remote
Add to the list then start APR
Now from EffeTech HTTP Sniffer configure then start sniffing

Cool- so it’s using plain ‘old HTTP…
I tried a few of the .jpg links and it worked aok: http://cdn.sky.com/60445/bsky_skymovies/BOX_COVER/bsky_skymovies-THUM0000000000071243-20110518154138.jpg (note here I tried from both a sky broadband connection and from a non-sky connection and both worked (does this suggest you may be able to use anytime+ without sky broadband? Hmm…)
Unfortunately when I tried the .nff or .oecm- In Google Chrome I get “Error 6, file not found” and in Internet Explorer/Firefox I get a prompt for credentials (which I can’t seem to decipher from the sniffer logs). I also tried spoofing the User-Agent but that didn’t seem to help either.

That’s about the limit of my investigative skills- so I’ll have to hope others will take it further.


After turning on the Sky+HD box one too many times to see 0% free I decided it was time to upgrade the Hard Disk Drive.

I followed this tutorial: http://www.skycopyplus.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=654 and had the new 1TB drive in, in no time.

Interestingly I found some articles referring to Copy+ http://www.skycopyplus.co.uk/ which can copy recordings from one drive to another (or at least used to be able to… but unfortunately no longer works- since a certain firmware version). Fingers crossed the makers will modify the code to work with newer firmware in the near future!

On a completely unrelated note I noticed my nan still has the same sky box she had 20+ years ago, and it’s an Amstrad! The Amstrad SRX200 in fact:

I honestly have no idea how this thing still works and what stations she actually receives through it!


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