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.
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  1. identicon
    Thoughtful, 12 Nov 2005 @ 1:09am

    Save Energy - Don't Buy Sony.

    I think Sony have lost the idea of providing value to customers. They used do a great job of it.
    So the best action is "Do not buy Sony".
    They appear to be liable for willfully spreading rootkit that allows your PC to be put at risk.
    I think that they should be held liable for all and any loss of data and the cost to recover it.
    Since Sony will not guarantee (See EULA) to
    compensate for the damage AND ESPECIALLY the time
    lost by the user I think that the correct action is 'SAY NO TO SONY!! (Just like Drugs!)
    THE ENERGY COST
    Since the rootkit stops the PC from going to sleep
    mode think of increase in energy demand - will
    SONY be made pay extra energy cost?
    If a PC is left all the time it will consume
    about 200W - about 2 kilowatt-hours/day.
    At 10 cents/kilowatt-hr this adds up to
    $36/year for EACH PC.
    It all the PC users, about 1 billion now, in the world bought the SONY CD - which is Sony's goal and Intention, the cost of the extra electricity would be about $70 Billion each year.

    (This would power about 100 million homes!!)


    So practice energy conservation and don't buy Sony !

    Gee! It looks like Sony will need to pay all its
    REVENUE to Consumer who buy CD to compensate them for the electricity used!
    The Japenese are making great efforts to reduce energy demand at home. Why is Sony trying to get
    everyone else to waste more power?
    So in summary - if you buy the CD and you want, you can, with difficulty and waste of your time and money and energy,
    get the software removed - but you can't play the CD.
    Better not to buy it in the first place
    --- save yourself the frustration!

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