I happened to come accross this article and I wasn't surprised.

First of all go read the article. It's a bit long, I know, but it's well written and it kept me interested.

Anyone reading this will be of the same opinion that this is totally unacceptable. I am not against companies taking measures to protect pirating and such but they still have to follow certain rules. It appears that if a company has a lot of cash, an in-house legal department and the balls they will certainly try to infringe on basic human rights to increase profits and make the fat cats fatter.

They might be able to get away with it, so why shouldn't they try? Who knows how many of these little projects are tried and tested? Everyone's doing it.

Don't even get me started on datawarehouses and the techniques used to gather the data...

CypherBit says:

Inexcusable!

I actually subscribe to Mark's blog and also read about it here and this is really unbelievable. It needs to stop and right now!
I don't buy CDs half as much as I used to, mostly because of DRM. I considered e-mailing Sony about it (as I usually do) but was unable to find any contact information, in the short time I searched. Don't think I'll be buying a lot more CDs in the short future.

peterman says:

It is great to see that this story is getting reported by some mainstream news outlets. I was afraid the complexity of the details would banish this to geek news only, but it is now in the Washington Post. This is the kind of public shellacking a company like Sony fears. Kudos to Mark Russinovich and others who did the primary research on this and said something about it.

Emailing Sony to complain will probably fall on deaf ears. Email Forbes, CNN, the AP etc. and Sony execs will start to get nervous.

What would be beautiful would be to get this into the public's awareness enough so that you start seeing other labels putting a kind of "certified organic" tag on their cds, touting that it contains no such trojan horse, as a marketing tool.

rnewhouse says:

Maybe it would be a good idea to compose an email explaining how using Sony CDs will crash your hard drive and expose your personal data to third-world spies, then send it to everyone you know. Be sure to put in the email that everyone who gets it should forward it to everyone THEY know.

Wirehead says:

Make sure you falsify the email header and identify yourself as being from Nigeria so that all the AOL'ers know you're legit.

rnewhouse says:

Well, word is getting out. Google News shows 193 current articles on the subject.

CypherBit says:

Mark's follow-up.

It just gets worse. Make sure you don't miss this.

Lies, lies, lies. Outrage continues.

Wirehead says:

I thought this comic summed up Sony's general approach to their customers recently.

Wirehead says:

Response from the company that implemented the rootkit.

Neither they nor Sony appear to be at all interested in taking any responsibility whatsoever.

DataBind() says:

Virus now exploits sony's cloaked software

Wirehead says:

World of Warcraft cheaters rejoice.

Hooray, Sony!

Dylan says:

Haha!

<DmncAtrny> I will write on a huge cement block "BY ACCEPTING THIS BRICK THROUGH YOUR WINDOW, YOU ACCEPT IT AS IS AND AGREE TO MY DISCLAIMER OF ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS WELL AS DISCLAIMERS OF ALL LIABILITY, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL, THAT MAY ARISE FROM THE INSTALLATION OF THIS BRICK INTO YOUR BUILDING."

<DmncAtrny> And then hurl it through the window of a Sony officer

<DmncAtrny> and run like hell

rnewhouse says:

Apparently rattling cages does have an effect.

Wirehead says:

Pwn3d.

Wirehead says:

Oh, for God's sake.

They just keep sticking that foot deeper and deeper down their throat.

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