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Sunday, November 13, 2005
Sony's CD "virus" Indicted by Microsoft
Microsoft has indicted and sentenced the rootkit that Sony silently slipped onto thousands of music CDs in order to let them monitor customer usage of digital music. That's right, if you recently bought a CD published by Sony and subsequently inserted it into your PC, you might want to run a security scan. Microsoft will soon update its excellent Windows AntiSpyware tool to enable it to detect and remove the stealth code, which has already been exploited by hackers. Even better, after being blasted by hurricane-force bad PR winds from all directions, Sony has decided to cease manufacturing CDs with the "bonus track." Not that I would ever buy a Sony CD anyways, or any CD at all, for that matter. Here's why.
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