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Re: FYI OT: new computer vulnerability

Yep! The CD's that say they are copy controlled.

Lovely-huh!  I'd just like to smack Sony for this.


kmrsy@netzero.com wrote:

>So you're saying that this spyware is loaded onto your computer just by playing a newER Sony CD that has it?
>-- Theresa <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>Oh- by the way, apparently there is no fix to this problem right now- 
>they antivirus and sony website solutions only "decloak" the spyware- 
>they don't remove it.  And apparently the Sony website solution can 
>cause even more problems.  The antivirus software programs are already 
>updating to catch the new viruses that are using the security 
>vulnerability that the spyware creates.  So, if you haven't updated your 
>anti-virus recently- you should do so pronto. Hopefully with all the 
>publicity about this disaster, there will be a fix that removes the 
>spyware completely.  What I have yet to learn is whether the 
>copy-control programs used by other CD companies are also a problem (I 
>have a Virgin Records CD that I played on my computer- so rats!).
>Theresa wrote:
>>Thought you'd want to be aware of of spyware installed by copy-protected
>>Sony music CDs, which also is a conduit for viruses:
>>Also, apparently spyware/anti-virus software has difficulty detecting 
>>the Sony malware and the viruses that it can hide.
>>Im writing you to express my concerns about the recent revelation
>>regarding root kit software that is being secretly installed on
>>users computers when they agree to a misleading End User License
>>Agreement from Sony / BMG.
>>According to recent research, said
>>software uses the same techniques used by hackers to camouflage
>>viruses, and other forms of mal-ware. Not only that, this software is
>>so poorly written as to open the host system up to other, potentially
>>more damaging attacks.
>>want you to understand that the security vulnerabilities that Sony /
>>BMG have inadvertently created are the kind that any competent hacker
>>can fly a virtual 747 into.
>>I urge you to read Mark Russinovichs web log entries regarding this 
>>software, and take heed his expert opinion on this matter.
>>Here are links to the relevant entries.
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