[Dshield] Wired on the Sony Rootkit-gate: "The cover-up is the crime"

Martin Forest martin at forest.gen.nz
Thu Nov 3 01:13:45 GMT 2005

That is nice.
Can anyone please post the actual US law. I intend to send that with a  
warning to some of Sonys large resellers. :) If they continue to sell  
after the warning, we can go after the resellers.... :)


On Thu, 03 Nov 2005 12:19:42 +1300, Fergie <fergdawg at netzero.net> wrote:

> Good point.
> [snip]
> Sony may even have committed a crime under the U.S. Computer Fraud and  
> Abuse Act, which can carry fines and prison terms for anyone who  
> "knowingly causes the transmission of a program ... and as a result of  
> such conduct, intentionally causes damage, without authorization, to a  
> protected computer." Corrupting Windows so it misreports the contents of  
> a hard drive sounds a lot like "damage," and the click-wrap license  
> agreement on the Sony disk amounts to pretty thin "authorization" --  
> disclosing only that "this CD will automatically install a small  
> proprietary software program ... intended to protect the audio files  
> embodied on the CD."
> [snip]
> http://www.wired.com/news/rants/0,2350,69467,00.html
> - ferg
> --
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>  Engineering Architecture for the Internet
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If you take copy protection to far, the only customers you will have are  
the ones that intend to sell illegal copies of your work. By: Martin Forest
Warning: DRM/BMG protected CD’s are likely to infect you with a Rootkit.

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