Sony Rootkit DRM Roundup Part III (BoingBoing)

The Sony rootkit debacle continues to gain steam, with fresh revelations of incompetence and malice every day, and with fresh news of lawsuits too. Previously, I published two roundups of news on this leading up to Nov 17 (Sony Rootkit Roundup Part I, Sony Rootkit Roundup Part II) and what with all the news, it’s time for a third:

Nov 17: Sony still advising public to install rootkits
18 days after the revelation that Sony’s CDs contain dangerous rootkits, Sony still has live web-pages advising its customers to go ahead and install their software (This is still the case as of Nov 22!).

Nov 17: Schneier: Why didn’t anti-virus apps defend us against Sony’s rootkit?
Security researcher Bruce Schneier accuses anti-spyware companies of being soft on Sony because it was released by a giant, sleazy company instead of a small, sleazy company.

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  1. Sales od Sony Rootkit CDs ContinueIn spite of a warning from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (www.us-cert.gov), some national retailers continue to sell music CDs containing the Sony ‘rootkit’ software. Since Thanksgiving day I have seen ‘rootkit’ CDs available for sale at KMart, Walmart, FYE, and Circuit City. The Sony website (www.sonybmg.com) does not use the word ‘recall’. Nor has Sony ordered retailers to return these CDs. What Sony offers is an ‘exchange’ whereby the customer can swap ‘rootkit’ CDs with CDs of the same title but without the XCP software. There is nothing to prevent Sony fom giving these customers CDs with the Sunncomm copy protection software. It seems that Sony is more interested in its profits than the well-being of its customers. There is more on my blog EatingTheApple.blogspot.com

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