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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

A *VERY* good reason not to buy Sony CD's any more!

Recently I was reading an article of Mark Russinovich of Sysinternals, one of my most favourite websites.

Sony has implemented a new 'copy protection scheme' for their 'audio' CD's. I'm not in favour of DRM as this normally means cutting down my freedom, but this one definitily goes too far!

If you install the player on your Windows machine, you're not only installing the player, but also a
rootkit!
This rootkit is intercepting some system-calls to hide it's presence, modifying I/O requests and replaces your CD-ROM driver.

What's wrong with this rootkit?
- It installs without the user's knowledge! There seems no easy way to uninstall it.
- It takes up valuable resources, even if the CD isn't playing.
- Other virusses, malware, spyware could be hidden by this rootkit.
- It pretends to be a legimitate Windows service.
- Reports of system crashes and BSOD's are found.
- ...

Have a look at the complete article at
http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/2005/10/sony-rootkits-and-digital-rights.html and help to spread the word!

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