Sony’s DRM rootkit exploited


It’s outrageous that Sony hacked its customers’ PCs with a rootkit, opening a back door for other hackers to commit their mayhem; in fact, it’s almost criminal and I think someone, somewhere should pay dearly for the crime. The damage is done. The attacks are already starting. According to Sophos, Inc., an anti-virus company with U.S. headquarters in Lynnfield, Mass, some low-life Internet criminal is already spamming out a Trojan to exploit the vulnerability introduced by Sony’s rootkit:

The Troj/Stinx-E Trojan horse appears to have been deliberately spammed out to email addresses, posing as a message from a British business magazine. Typical emails look as follows:

Subject: Photo Approval Deadline

Message body:
Your photograph was forwarded to us as part of an article we are publishing for our December edition of Total Business Monthly. Can you check over the format and get back to us with your approval or any changes? If the picture is not to your liking then please send a preferred one. We have attached the photo with the article here

Because of this mess–and because I value my privacy–I refuse to buy any Sony CDs, and I’ll think twice about buying any other Sony products until they make up the damage they have done. The artists who have had their music released on the Sony BMG label should immediately sue and seek an injunction, unless they agree with Sony’s approach, in which case the artists should be boycotted, too.

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