[Dshield] Sony Sued Over CD Rootkits

Chris Wright dshield at yaps4u.net
Mon Nov 7 15:43:00 GMT 2005


Whilst I can understand how upset people are at the use of the underhand
techniques (ala rootkit) by the software that Sony used, I don't think such
a claim could stand up in court. After all, everyone who installed it
basically signed an EULA to authorise it. Even if it was in techy ga ga
language, and that nobody really reads them and just clicks through.
Claiming that you would hardly expect a company like Sony to install such
software so you just clicked ok and installed it anyway is hardly a defence.

They've definetly made a huge cock up with this one, but I don't think
they'll be doing again without thinking much harder next time.
As wrong as it was for them to use this method (IMHO), I would only be able
to blame myself for it appearing on my machine since I authorised it (in
effect).  Yeah I would be pissed at them, but not much I could do about it
apart from making sure I read the EULA's in the future.



> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:list-bounces at lists.dshield.org] On Behalf Of Fergie
> Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 3:26 PM
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> Subject: [Dshield] Sony Sued Over CD Rootkits
> Via The Inquirer.
> [snip]
> SONY IS FINALLY GOING to HAVE to answer the tough questions, 
> it is being sued. According to the press release here, and 
> the complaint here, the Italian group ALCEI is suing Sony 
> over the rootkitting DRM infection. Since I don't speak 
> Italian, I will have to take the word of readers that they 
> are doing things right.
> It seems that ALCEI hired a noted Italian security researched 
> names Stefano Zanero to dot all the I's and cross all the 
> T's. This one will be great fun to watch, and hopefully will 
> set the right precedents.
> [snip]
> http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=27508
> - ferg
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