Friday, November 11, 2005

Sony Kiboshes Rootkit CD's

At least for the time being. The CD's -- yet another example of DRM run amok -- were supposed to keep you from ripping a CD too many times (!) by installing some software on your PC. (!!)

Except it turns out the software -- no surprise -- was also a nifty delivery system for trojans and other viruses... Oh, and uninstalling the software could render Windows unable to play any CD's at all.

Makes you wonder about the DRM in the upcoming Blu-Ray DVD's that can apparently tamper with the firmware in your DVD player, doesn't it?

Anyway, before you stick your Sony CD in your PC, check this info from the EFF. Among the culprits so far are discs from Trey Anastasio, Natasha Bedingfield, and hacker favorites Neil Diamond and Celine Dion.

Her music can hurt your computer.

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