The Real Danger Of Sony's Rootkit: It Lets Others Piggyback
from the uh-oh dept
While everyone’s discussing the non-surprising fact that Sony’s latest CD copy protection scheme uses “rootkit” style tricks to embed itself deep within your machine,
Ed Felten Alex Halderman has picked up on a much more serious problem brought out by the discovery. The particular nasty software from Sony can actually be used by other malware to hide their own actions. In other words, it doesn’t just treat you like a criminal and prevent you from making use of the music you legally bought: it makes it easier for real criminals to do bad things on your computer. Thanks, Sony! Update: Ed Felten points out that Alex Halderman wrote the piece on Felten’s site.