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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Sony rootkit fallout

These stories were inevitable...

El reg El First Trojan using Sony DRM spotted:
"Roots you, Sir. Virus writers have begun taking advantage of Sony-BMG's use of rootkit technology in DRM software bundled with its music CDs.…"

Slashdot California Suing Sony Over Rootkit DRM:
"carre4 writes 'California has filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony and a second one may be filed today in New York. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 1 in Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles by Vernon, CA. It asks the court to prevent Sony from selling additional CDs protected by the anti-piracy software, and seeks monetary damages for California consumers who purchased them. The suit alleges that Sony's software violates at least three California statutes, including the 'Consumer Legal Remedies Act,' which governs unfair and/or deceptive trade acts; and the 'Consumer Protection against Computer Spyware Act,' which prohibits -- among other things -- software that takes control over the user's computer or misrepresents the user's ability or right to uninstall the program. The suit also alleges that Sony's actions violate the California Unfair Competition law, which allows public prosecutors and private citizens to file lawsuits to protect businesses and consumers from unfair business practices. EFF has released a list of rootkit affected CD's and Slashdot user xtracto also has a list.'"

digg PestPatrol detects and removes Sony's DRM software:
"It seems like at least one major spyware/antivirus company has the nads to take on Sony. Will Sony sue to have their name removed from every blacklist?"

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