Mark’s Sysinternals Blog – Sony’s Rootkit: First 4 Internet Responds

So what next? The article listed above is the 2nd of two more revealing blog entries by Mark Russinovich from his Sysinternals blog.

The combination of these two posts shows how dangerous this DRM and the subsequent “Service Pack 2” “decloaker” can be to people’s computers. The pat marketing answers do nothing to alleviate the very bad place that their and Sony’s software DRM are putting consumer’s computers.

Mark shows that the software does do things that are not disclosed in the EULA, that can not be removed by standard uninstallers, that the DRM is acting more like software akin to rootkits and spyware than ‘legitimate’ software, has the ability to phone home, and basically puts consumer’s computers at risk for serious security and stability problems.

The PR bandwagon is rolling for sure but really what can they say? It is what it is, right?

These two posts, the one above as well as the one below, in conjunction with the first one on Mark’s blog, certainly put the whole picture in perspective. And give folks enough information to make up their own minds as to what is really going on here.

Mark’s Sysinternals Blog – More on Sony: Dangerous Decloaking Patch, EULAs and Phoning Home

Thanks for all your excellent work Mark!

I feel sorry for computers users over this debacle the most, but almost as much as computer users who have been bit by this, I also feel for the artists who likely had no control over how or whether their CDs are marketed and ‘protected’ in this or any other way.

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