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Sony caught playing with rootkits again
« on: September 01, 2007, 07:26:50 AM »

http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2197450/sony-caught-playing-rootkits

Sony seem to have the ability to create great technology, then repeatedly shoot themselves in the foot.
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Re: Sony caught playing with rootkits again
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2007, 11:37:27 AM »

arghh.

The root kit is really annoying and IMHO a bit naughty

The technology has rootkit-like characteristics designed to hide files and processes from the end user as well as the system.
Rootkits are best known for their use by malware authors to prevent detection and removal of their creations by security applications.


This annoyed me a couple of years ago..  Id legally bought a cd - (In actual fact I have 2 paid for copies as they did a special version with an extra track)...  and I wanted to make a copy of one of the cds because I'd got it autographed by the band.   
Therefore I obviously didnt want the autographed copy being the one that got "chucked around" the car/house.
Once I'd played the CD on my PC that was it - without my knowledge it had installed the DRM software on my PC and there was no way it was going to let me make a copy.

I vowed at the time I wouldnt purchase any more sony cds because of this.. and for quite a while I stuck to my guns and when buying cds specifically looked to see if they had the DR software on them. 

I have a legal copy of just about every cd that the band has released - (bar their latest). Guess who isnt allowing that cd on principal no where near her PC so it can install what I consider unwanted malware on it.
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Re: Sony caught playing with rootkits again
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2007, 11:42:59 AM »

Yes, I believe that the CD DRM rootkit affair cost them millions in lawsuits.
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Re: Sony caught playing with rootkits again
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2007, 11:58:50 AM »

Out of interest - that article just mentions windows.  Looks like you and linux wouldnt be affected?

Things like this get up my nose..  yes I can understand why theyre trying to do something about it.. but IMHO when you have legally bought something, you dont expect it to install malware content on your PC without your knowledge.
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