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Will ya look at this - an on-line preprint of a legible legal paper on the Sony BMG Rootkit Michegas. See also BoingBoing for an article on the subject. Thanks for the links, mdlbear.


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Dec. 17th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
I don't buy anything from SONY if I can avoid it. And defeating ALL these code loaders is simple on CDs and DVDs both - disable your computer's Autoplay and don't doubleclick the disc icon to hear the music. Better to start your music program (winamp) and put the disc in, then press play on the player window.

What worries me most is that if they were willing to put rootkits in on CDs, who knows what they are installing when you buy any of their software or load any driver for their camcorders. I wonder if the PS3 snoops on the network and passes along what it finds to Sony high command in Japan? If it touchs my computer in any way, I won't buy Sony.
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Just bear in mind that "Sony" is actually a whole bunch of companies. The company that makes the camcorders and cameras is a completely different company from the company that makes CDs, which is a different company from the one that makes the PS3, which is in turn a completely different one from the one that does the MMO games. The various companies all have "Sony" in the name, and they share some directors and shareholders, but below that level they're independent entities with their own agendas. The end result is a severe case of corporate multiple personality disorder. This is why you'll hear Sony Pictures arguing in favor of HDCP (it'll help control copyrighted videos, which is what they make), while at the same time Sony Electronics is vehemently opposing the idea (it'll hurt sales of home electronics, which is what they make).

And to make it worse, the corporate shell that contains all these companies and that, in the end, has majority control of them, is Japanese. They bring a completely non-American viewpoint to their decisions. It's not a given that, when push comes to shove, Sony Pictures is going to get it's way vs. Sony Electronics for example. I've seen this with Sony Online Entertainment, where the Japanese decisions make perfect sense for the Asian MMO market but really really upset the American MMO market which doesn't think the same way.
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
I am aware of all that. Doesn't change the fact that I cannot trust any software or any device they make that connects in any way to my computer. If they think they have the right to put in spyware with little music discs, no telling what they put in when you install their copies of Acid or a driver for their High Def camcorders.

I have money. I have tech skill. I buy expensive toys. And they will not get one damned cent from me ever again, pulling such a "Zaibatsu uber alles" stunt as that.
Dec. 18th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
I quit buying things from Sony when I first heard about that idiocy. Mind you, most CDs I buy are filk or other indy sorts, which aren't generally boobytrapped in the first place.
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
Dec. 18th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
What I'd like to know is, why have the guilty parties not faced the consequences of their actions? I'm not calling for the usual punishment for saboteurs, but I want to see some executives do perp walks in orange jumpsuits and leg chains.

If I ever meet Sony CEO "Sir" Howard Stringer ("Sirrah" is more appropriate), I fully intend to chant the following to him:
Howard is a Welshman,
Howard's Sony's chief;
Howard messed up my PC
And claimed that I'm a thief!
(And no, I didn't buy any of the infected discs -- and "infected" truly is the proper word for it -- but he should be taunted with that verse, just on general principle.)
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