Friday, December 30, 2005

Old news, but for those who don't know ...

"Sony's settlement would offer consumers who purchased the infected CDs with a cash payment of US$7.50 and one album download from a list of more than 200 titles, or three digital albums in lieu of the cash. Sony would also provide software to uninstall the DRM technology and stop making CDs containing the offensive software."
You'd think that everyone would have heard about Sony's rootkit spyware, but that's not the case. I've had a few people ask me about an installation window that popped up the first time they put in a new CD from the company.

In a nutshell, it's Sony's way albeit just as opprobrious of combating those who choose to obtain music through illegal channels. It's an ironic twist of events.

If you're one of the few who hasn't heard about the rootkit issue, then read on.
  • Sony BMG Music Rootkit Site: "SONY BMG Music Entertainment today announced the commencement of a mail-in program through which consumers can exchange compact discs (CDs) containing XCP content protection software for a replacement version of the same CD without the XCP software, in addition to receiving MP3 files of that CD."
  • Wired News - Real Story of the Rogue Rootkit: "On Oct. 31, Mark Russinovich broke the story in his blog: Sony BMG Music Entertainment distributed a copy-protection scheme with music CDs that secretly installed a rootkit on computers. This software tool is run without your knowledge or consent -- if it's loaded on your computer with a CD, a hacker can gain and maintain access to your system and you wouldn't know it."
  • Sony rootkit: The untold story: "Just when I thought that one of worst public relations nightmares in technology history was finally coming to a conclusion, I woke up this morning to learn that the never ending tale has taken another salacious twist."

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