More bad news for Sony!!!

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by absolut_mac, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. absolut_mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2003
    Dallas, Texas
    This has been a tough and incredibly busy summer for me, so I haven't been around much lately. More bad news for Sony seems like a good thread to kick back in, right?

    From today's Los Angeles Times (Business Section) - see links below.

    Virus Uses Sony BMG Software to Hide on PCs
    From Reuters

    A computer security firm said it had discovered the first virus that used music publisher Sony BMG's controversial CD copy-protection software to hide on PCs and wreak havoc.

    Under a subject line containing the words "Photo approval," a hacker has mass-mailed the so-called Stinx-E Trojan virus to British e-mail addresses, said British anti-virus firm Sophos.

    When recipients click on an attachment, they install malware, which may tear down a computer's firewall and give hackers access to a PC. The malware hides by using Sony BMG software that is also hidden; the software is installed on a computer when consumers play Sony's copy-protected music CDs.

    And I can quite easily see the following ruling being relevant to the Sony class action lawsuits mentioned in another thread.

    Court Shuts 3 Firms Over Secret Spyware
    From Reuters

    A U.S. court shut down three Internet companies for secretly bundling malicious spyware with ring tones, music programs and other free high-tech goodies, the Federal Trade Commission said.

    The malicious software tracked victims' Internet activity, hijacked their home pages and deluged them with pop-up ads, the FTC said.

    The assets of Enternet Media Inc. and Conspy & Co., both based in Woodland Hills, and Iwebtunes, based in Ohio, have been frozen pending further court action, the FTC said. The court ordered all three firms to halt downloads of the software.

    Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Webroot Software Inc. helped with the investigation, the FTC said.,1,2234039.story?coll=la-headlines-business
  2. absolut_mac thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2003
    Dallas, Texas
    Looks like it worked :)

    Sony obviously don't like taking all this negative heat. No more viruses from Sony. Well, for a while at least.

    Sony halts music CDs with anti-piracy scheme
    Copy-protection technology can leave computers vulnerable to hackers

    Updated: 2:23 p.m. ET Nov. 11, 2005
    WASHINGTON - Stung by continuing criticism, the world’s second-largest music label, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, promised Friday to temporarily suspend making music CDs with antipiracy technology that can leave computers vulnerable to hackers.

    Sony defended its right to prevent customers from illegally copying music but said it will halt manufacturing CDs with the “XCP” technology as a precautionary measure. “We also intend to re-examine all aspects of our content protection initiative to be sure that it continues to meet our goals of security and ease of consumer use,” the company said in a statement.

    The antipiracy technology, which works only on Windows computers, prevents customers from making more than a few copies of the CD and prevents them from loading the CD’s songs onto Apple Computer’s popular iPod portable music players. Some other music players, which recognize Microsoft’s proprietary music format, would work....

    See the link below for the full story.

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