Sony to Help Remove Its DRM Rootkit
A worker at Sony finds that one of his company's CDs had secretly installed DRM software on his PC and used rootkit cloaking methods to hide it. Sony is attempting to clean up the mess. (BetaNews)When Mark Russinovich was testing his companys security software last week, he came across a disturbing find: a Sony BMG CD he purchased from Amazon had secretly installed DRM software on his PC and used "rootkit" cloaking methods to hide it. With the story sweeping across the Net, Sony is attempting to clean up its mess. DRM, or digital rights management, is nothing new to CDs. Record companies began employing software to prevent users from easily transferring tracks to a PC after the explosion of file sharing activity that followed Napsters debut in 1999.
But for the most part, the DRM was quite rudimentary and only required the pressing of the "shift" key to bypass.