Profile and history
NDS offices in Har-Hotzvim high-tech park, Jerusalem
The company started out as News Datacom (NDC) in 1989, and later changed its name to News Digital Systems, hence its current name.
Abe Peled is Chairman and CEO of NDS. He leads a team of executives located at the company's R&D and sales offices worldwide.
NDS owns Orbis Technology, a leading provider of online gambling technology, Jungo, who provide software for residential gateways and CastUp Inc, a leader in providing comprehensive solutions for rich media production, publishing and distribution in today's most popular formats.
NDS has in the past been accused of breaking other companies' satellite encryption schemes.
Canal Plus lawsuit
The Guardian, an independent UK broadsheet newspaper, reported that Canal Plus accused NDS of deliberately extracting the UserROM code from the MediaGuard cards and then leaking it onto the internet. The Guardian story contained accusations that the NDS laboratory in Haifa, Israel had been working on breaking the SECA-produced MediaGuard smartcards used by Canal+, ITV Digital and other non-Murdoch-owned TV companies throughout Europe.
Canal Plus brought a $3 billion lawsuit against NDS. Canal Plus later dropped the action when News Corporation agreed to buy Canal Plus's struggling and heavily pirated Italian operation Telepiu.
On 2008-05-15 a jury in California found that NDS had violated an anti-piracy section of the Cable Communications Policy Act and California state law against piracy, cleared NDS of other charges, and awarded $1,500 in damages. Echostar had sued NDS for $1 billion for piracy and copyright infringement of the Echostar viewing card codes and for aiding the distribution and supply of pirate Echostar viewing cards for the Echostar-owned Dish TV.
NDS's offices in Israel were raided in October 1996 after allegations of tax evasion were made. NDS later made a $3 million "no blame" settlement with the Israeli tax authorities.
Economy of Israel
^ Cassy, John; Paul Murphy (2002-03-13). "How codebreakers cracked the secrets of the smart card". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2002/mar/13/media.citynews. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
^ "Vivendi settles row with NDS". The Guardian. 2003-05-02. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2003/may/02/5. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
^ Tryhorn, Chris (2002-04-30). "Murdoch lines up Sky Italia". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2003/apr/30/broadcasting.rupertmurdoch. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
^ "EchoStar Wins Battle, Loses War In News Corp. Piracy Case". Multichannel News. http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6561344.html. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
^ Chenoweth, Neil (2002-04-15). "Breaking the pay-TV code-breakers". The Australian Financial Review.
NDS rejects Nagrastar claims & lawsuit
Murdoch firm ordered to hand over documents in TV piracy row
NDS faces probe over TV hacking allegations
NDS said to have paid cash to piracy site - Email 'evidence' links News Corp. to ITV pirates
Details of Canal Plus lawsuit
Murdoch security chief linked to TV piracy site
Murdoch Security Chief Linked to Anti-Competitive Actions
Messier mire for Murdochs
Observer interview with Abe Peled
Australian Financial Review article on Canal Plus lawsuit and history of NDS
Profile of Shafran Ltd. on Israeli government website
Wired article on NDS-Nagrastar Lawsuit
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