Overhype

by Mike Masnick




Sony, Rootkits And Mock Surprise

from the who-didn't-see-this-coming dept

This has been discussed to death on other blogs and news sites, so we'd been ignoring it on the assumption that you've seen it elsewhere already. However, in the last twelve hours or so, it's been submitted a dozen times by people who seem to want us to write about it. Yes, the copy protection scheme that Sony uses on some of its CDs acts identical to all sorts of nefarious malware, sneaking its way deep into your computer and making itself almost impossible to remove. What's amusing about the story, though, is the way so many people are acting surprised and outraged by it. How else would you expect the entertainment industry to put copy protection on your computer? Of course they're going to try to hide it. And, why wouldn't they hide it deep within the system using the same techniques as rootkits? People have pointed out for ages that most of these copy protection schemes are no different than other types of malware (installed without you knowing it, prevents your computer from acting as it should, not easily removable, etc.). All this article has done is show more explicitly how it's been done -- but it's hardly a surprise. If you didn't expect the entertainment industry to employ these tactics, then you haven't been paying much attention lately.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Nov 2005 @ 12:37pm

    Hmm, how do I post a suspicion ...

    without getting involved in a flame fest?

    Anyhow,

    I'm surprised that Mark Russinovich didn't expect this before he installed the software that came with the Sony CD.

    Is he really so smart as to track down all the details of the hidden files, and yet somehow not have an inkling that installing Sony's DRM laden media player might screw with his system?

    If I was more suspicious, I might believe that Mr. Russinovich already had an article in mind even before he purchased his copy protected CD.

    I had this thought even before I noticed how blatant the COPY-PROTECTED warning on Amazon is that he claims to have missed.


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