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Sony Sued For Rootkit Copy Protection

Sony BMG Music Entertainment has been hit with at least one class-action lawsuit over its rootkit-as-copy-protection software. The lawsuit claims the software violates two anti-fraud statutes, as well as a third law forbidding placement of spyware in a computer.
As early as a week ago, hackers were already discussing ways to use the XCP rootkit, but Stinx.e is the first proof of their work.

"Sony's DRM copy protection has opened up a vulnerability which hackers and virus writers are now exploiting," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, in a statement Thursday. "We wouldn't be surprised if more malware authors try and take advantage of this."

The Trojan opens a backdoor on the compromised PC, and takes commands from its controller to, for instance, install additional files or delete data.

Analysts at Gartner also stepped into the controversy by issuing a warning to clients of a consumer backlash against such practices.

"The use of spyware techniques, however benign in purpose, constitutes bad business practice and should be discouraged. Any attempt to sneak software onto a customer's computer or gather any information without consent is unacceptable," said Ray Heiser.

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