Sony CDs secretly install spyware – The Boston Globe

by Larry Emmott on November 8, 2005

in General,Security

 Sony CDs secretly install spyware –

By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff | November 8, 2005
Sony is spying on thousands of listeners who buy and play its music CDs on their computers, a leading computer security firm said yesterday.

Read the whole article from the Boston Globe link above. I think Sony might be in big trouble.

UPDATE from hughhewitt.com
There’s tons of DRM out there that not only limits use, but also observes buying patterns (iTunes and it’s DRM’ed AAC format are good examples), but Sony went way beyond that by forcefully and secretly installing a program that hacks windows. By all definitions Sony’s rootkit is a virus, and it’s unacceptable that they’re spreading something that can so easily break Windows and give those that intend much more evil an easy in.

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