Sony Finally Stops Producing Rootkits… Temporarily
from the let-the-whole-thing-blow-over dept
You can already see the case studies being written about how badly Sony-BMG has handled this whole rootkit mess. First they absolutely denied it was a problem. Then, when the attention didn’t die down immediately, they offered a “patch” and assumed that as long as they announced they had a patch, everyone would stop paying attention. Unfortunately, enough people kept paying attention and noticed that the patch didn’t help much, and in some cases made the situation worse. Following that, they pulled out the desperation card of basically saying what you don’t know can’t hurt you, which just made things even worse for them and resulted in at least one, and possibly more, lawsuits. So, now, two weeks after this was brought to their attention, and days after virus writers started using the rootkit to hide malware (which everyone told Sony was bound to happen), Sony BMG has finally agreed to stop using the rootkit technology… temporarily. Not only that, but they do so defiantly, without an apology, saying there’s really no risk and they still have the right to use such technology, but they’ll stop temporarily as a “precautionary measure.” Precautionary against what? It seems mostly like precautionary against bad press, which they hope will finally die down.