Musical Espionage Hits New Heights

Controversy over Sony's Rootkit software has been rife across the internet over the last week or so. Mark Russinovich, a Sysinternals employee, recently discovered that some of his music CDs had been installing Rootkit software on his PC when played through the CD-ROM. Further research showed those CDs came from none other than Sony BMG, Sony's music publishing sector.

The software is DRM (Digital Rights Management) software, and was installed under the guise of protecting Sony content. The implications however are far more serious. With no options to uninstall the software, and no notification to even indicate its presence, if and when a problem does occur most people will have no idea what to do. There have also been rumors floating around the internet of a Trojan that has sprung up since the revelation, that uses Sony's software to hack into people's systems.

Sony has since admitted it was installing the software without consumer's consent and released a patch to fix the problem. Today they announced they were discontinuing Rootkit installation on Sony BMG CDs for the moment.

The scary part about all this is the broader ramifications; how many other companies are engaging in similar covert DRM operations?

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Andrew Kliem

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Cate Bacon

Aruba Instant On AP11D

The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working.

Dr Prabigya Shiwakoti

Aruba Instant On AP11D

Aruba backs the AP11D up with a two-year warranty and 24/7 phone support.

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?