Sony's rootkit fiasco

The storm over the record label's antipiracy software raises questions about who owns the desktop and what exactly is a rootkit.

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Sony sailing past rootkit controversy

Despite calls for boycotts, consumers appear to be buying Sony CDs just as they always have.
November 21, 2005

Who owns the desktop?

Sony "rootkit" CD debacle spotlights a broader clash over rights to control the way computers function.
November 21, 2005

Digging into rootkits

Whether Sony's technology is actually a "rootkit" is important to security providers, which must define threats before they can defend against them.
November 21, 2005

FAQ: Sony's 'rootkit' CDs

The basics everyone should know about Sony's copy-protection technology.
November 11, 2005

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New Sony CD risk identified

Label says it will work with Princeton researchers on fix for copy-protection software uninstaller.
November 18, 2005

Sony offers new CDs, MP3s for recalled discs

Customers can exchange a copy-protected CD for authorized MP3 downloads and a new, unprotected CD.
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Did Sony 'rootkit' pluck from open source?

Copy-protection code appears to have tapped an open-source project, raising questions about copyright, software experts say.
November 18, 2005

Sony recalls risky 'rootkit' CDs

Sony BMG recalls millions of copy-protected CDs, but more security risks are spotted in what the uninstaller has left behind.
November 15, 2005

Attack targets Sony fix

Security firm reports Web sites intended to exploit a flaw in a Sony program designed to remedy security problems in copy-protected CDs.
November 16, 2005

Sony's CD scheme backfires

Do employees who play music CDs with Sony's antipiracy rootkit pose a security risk?
November 14, 2005

These are some of the many comments made by CNET News.com readers.

"They should also be made an example that any activity of this type by ANY company in the future will result in large fines, and a full refund for any CD or DVD containing this DRM software."
--Max Sloan

"This nightmare makes it rather clear that Sony doesn't really care about customers, not only in the way they want to spy on you (and open the door to your pc for any hacker) but rather in the way the handled the whole situation."
--Ki Ji

"It doesn't matter to me what policies Sony changes. I own about six Sony products, not counting CDs. I'll never own another."
--Dan Thornsberry

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