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

stu secmail at patchsupplier.dyndns.org
Thu Nov 3 01:13:46 GMT 2005


They could argue that it wasn't done knowingly to cause damage... I'm
sure their testing documentation will prove that =) all 3 words of it

H4x0rs ph34r s0ny

I love the way they've given a root kit to the script kiddie world
though. 

That's under the U.S computer fraud and abuse act, where are the CDs
being released with the copy protection? Worldwide?

Will be interesting to see how this plays out, could well dictate the
future of media distribution.

-----Original Message-----

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]



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