Sony BMG Software Corrupt

A proficient Windows user discovered that Sony BMG releases may leave behind hidden software after being played using a media player bundled with all the label's copy-protected CDs.

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TinyMixTapes is reporting on a recent examination by a rather proficient Windows user who discovered that Sony BMG releases may leave behind hidden software after being played using a media player bundled with all the label's copy-protected CDs. The following was mentioned by TinyMixTapes:

"The technology present on these new CDs usually contains some kind of media player that is installed on your system so it can understand the encoded tunes. An incredibly proficient Windows user recently took a closer look at one of these players and noticed some interesting data that is left behind on your system, even after it has been deleted.

"The software installs what is called a rootkit, which allows for certain files and processes to be hidden from diagnostic tools, leaving a massive unlocked door for hackers. This sort of cloaking technology is also used by malware developers to hide their tracks on your system and report back to HQ about the all the porn you've been surfing."

When the Windows user -- a software developer -- in question attempted to remove the software from his computer, it disabled his CD-ROM drive.

Sony Bmg and a technology partner have only recently taken the step of developing a patch that will eliminate the copy-protection software's ability to hide and, consequently, prevent virus writers from cloaking their work using the copy-protection tools.

Despite the patch, some users of an online game are using the rootkit to hide cheating mechanisms.

That's not a thing you want to see happening from one of the biggest music companies in the world.

Artists that currently fall under Sony BMG's manifold include Anti-Flag, Foo Fighters, Say Anything, Franz Ferdinand, the Ataris, Midtown, the Blood Brothers, A Static Lullaby, Acceptance, and Ben Kweller among others.

I'm sure the many punk bands on this album would be proud...

24 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Dead Scull
    For Pc users check on download new anydvd and install.Activate anydvd problem solved.
    Loco Romeo
    i think this is a sign that we should all become pirates...sure our beloved musical idols should be dished out wads of cash to buy more drugs to increase their music writting abilities...but really i just want to wear an eyepatch...yearrrgh maties!!!
    [b]noneoftheabove[ /b] wrote: two words: CD PLAYER.
    two words: NOT FUNNY What? u don't use a pc for music? rofl
    And on the eighth day, God created Rock n Roll, and on the ninth day he created Macs. Fvck Windows.
    Thank heavens I'm a mac user .
    yup. windows can suck it. actually, it probably can't without crashing...
    i hate sony, but even more, i hate mac, and i dont use my computer to play music, that my friend is what a CD player is for, that is why i bought one seperate. so im good. Thos rootkit things are a pain to deal w/...thanx MS regedit :\
    high 5 for iMAC .. i don't trust Sony even before this thing happend.
    Just got my King Diamond CD from BMG about 5 minutes ago, funny how I saw this here.
    This is old news... It leaves behind a rootkit for those of you who are computer savy and World of Warcraft users are using it to hide cracks.
    And they wonder why we use Ares and Limewire. The risk of a virus is FAR better than giving them access to my root. Eff Metallica and eff Sony.