[JPL] To Be Owned By Sony

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Fri Nov 18 09:12:12 EST 2005


It was a grand experiment that failed miserably: As a means of 
copy-protecting its music, Sony employed a piece of software from 
First4Internet. But the technology, as used by Sony, did two bad things: 
First, it hid itself on computers by using 
<http://reviews.cnet.com//4520-3513_7-6361348-1.html?tag=txt>root-kit 
technology; and second, it opened a remote access connection that called 
out to Sony (or one of its agencies). This exposed users' computers to 
worms that took advantage of the stealth technology.

<http://news.com.com/Sony+halts+production+of+rootkit+CDs/2100-1029_3-5946825.html?tag=txt>Sony 
has agreed not to put root-kit technology on future music CDs as a means of 
protecting its copyrights. But this story is far from over. There are at 
least two lawsuits pending. There are also viruses poised to take advantage 
of already-infected PCs worldwide, the number of which may be much higher 
than anyone previously thought. Worse, Sony's fix for the problem may not 
be any more secure than the original root kit.

More:  http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3513_7-6388181-1.html?tag=nl.e501

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