by Mike Masnick
Thu, Feb 3rd 2011 2:09pm
As you probably remember, a few years back there was a huge mess when Sony Music (at the time, Sony BMG) was caught installing a rootkit via the DRM it used on CDs. That created a huge legal headache for Sony, with the company eventually agreeing to replace all those CDs. You would think that Sony, as a whole, would now be a lot more careful about such things. Yet, as TorrentFreak points out, an analysis of the new PS3 firmware suggests that there's a rootkit in there, which will allow Sony to control the PS3 device that you thought (incorrectly) that you bought. It's almost as if Sony is telling people to stop buying PS3s. Update: A lot of folks are claiming this isn't really a rootkit, and that the story has been blown out of proportion. Reading through the details suggest this is absolutely a possibility.
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