Sony ships rootkits on CDs

Posted in General at 4:54 am by jw

Looks like Sony has turned to rootkits (an advanced technique used in virus writing) to infect people’s computers when you play some of their CDs.  The full story is over on the Sysinternals blog but to summarize, Sony secretly installs code on your computer then hacks the kernel to prevent you detecting that they’ve actually done anything.  If you try to remove the problem by deleting the files (no uninstall is provided) then your CD drive vanishes!

You have to love DRM, don’t you?

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