Sony’s CD rootkit fiasco marks its inglorious 10th anniversary

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Here’s one product anniversary that Sony probably wants you to forget. It’s the 10th anniversary of security researcher (now CTO for Microsoft Azure) Mark Russinovich publishing details of the Sony BMG rootkit, a CD copy protection system that compromised the security of Windows PCs and was near-impossible to safely uninstall. The music label was initially dismissive, but it soon had to change its tune — it paid millions to settle charges and recalled legions of discs. To top things off, the discovery made Sony a punching bag for anyone unhappy with digital rights management (DRM) and other heavy-handed uses of copyright.

Via: NetworkWorld

Source: FSFE