Recently I reported the on-going lawsuit between Echostar and NDS. (see the news). On the 19th May, the court of Santa Ana, California, settled down the case. The jury estimated that NDS violated federal and state laws prohibiting piracy, but did not use it for seeding piracy of the operator. NDS will have to pay $1,500 (1,000€) of damages to Echostar. Echostar estimated the loss around 900M$. NagraStar, who accused NDS to have broken into its network, was awarded no damages.
NDS acknowledged that it used former hacker to enhance the security of conditional access systems. NDS must be relieved. This court decision is a good signal to every industrial and academic security teams that act has white hacker.