[Dshield] Rootkits All Around: Universal Music Has It ,Too

Mrcorp mrcorp at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 2 19:03:24 GMT 2005

Perhaps I am a bit confused over terms, but are we talking rootkit, spyware, or something else?  I
find it extremly odd that music companies would be putting rootkits on peoples computers.


--- Fergie <fergdawg at netzero.net> wrote:

> Mike writes over on techdirt.com:
> [snip]
> I doubt this is surprising to anyone. But, following all the talk about Sony's rootkit-style
> copy protection found on some music CDs, people are looking to see who else the copy protection
> company works with. Riley turned up a press release, showing that the company is also outfitting
> certain Universal Music Group CDs with their special brand of malware copy protection -- even
> highlighting in the announcement that it's the same as found on SonyBMG CDs. Of course, given
> Universal Music's CEO Edgar Bronfman's history of believing he must control everything, it's no
> surprise at all that they'd be using this too.
> Given the lawsuits against adware firms for sneaky installs (and, recognizing that this rootkit
> stuff is actually much more dangerous by opening up additional holes in your computer), doesn't
> it seem like these record companies have just opened themselves up to a serious legal liability?
> They installed something on computers without asking or alerting you. They make it very, very,
> very difficult to remove. They break certain features of your computer and they open up a major
> security vulnerability that others can exploit. And then they call all their customers
> criminals. Can't imagine why they're having trouble with their existing business model.
> [snip]
> http://techdirt.com/articles/20051102/103241_F.shtml
> - ferg
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