Sony has been releasing music CDs infected with a rootkit hack that hooks into your OS calls and makes Windows LIE about the contents of your hard drive. Any file put on your machine whose name begins with $sys$ will be completely invisible. Obviously this is a great big giant hole for hackers to park anything they want to on your machine. To make things even worse, they then upload your listening habits to their website surreptitiosly, along with your IP address. So, first they corrupt your Windows OS, then they basically ADVERTISE it on the open internet!!!
I'm mad as hell that any music company would think they have a right to underhandedly modify my computers operating system. The same OS that protects my financial data and other stuff as irreplaceable as my family's history (photos, video, audio), diablo characters, and my vast hoard of pr0n. I hope Sony pays dearly for this lack of respect for its customers.
I wrote this note and submitted it to Sony music, just now:
As a once loyal Sony customer, I find your devious XCP windows hack totally reprehensible. You have no right to comandeer my computer's operating system. To do so is as unethical as the behavior its (poorly) designed to prevent. Do not hack my machine and then start sending my personal data (along with my ip address - how convenient for the hackers) to your company's database.
I will not buy, and my family will not buy, and as many friends as I can convince will not buy Sony products until you recall all of the XCP rootkit infected CDs and make a public apology for this greivous example of bad judgement.
disgusted at your lack of respect,
<My name here>
It's biting them in the ass so hard that even the government is getting involved because military networks have been infected. Civil suits have been filed in at least two states.
To top it all off, the fix that Sony provided opens a HUGE security hole.
Yeah, Sony ****ed up good this time. Having this to deal with on top of the poor profits they have showed the past few months could have quite the impact.
My sig scared getfit.
read about this a few weeks ago. i can't wait to see sony's followup sales figures for the next two quarters in the wake of this
I for one, will not be purchasing any Sony products until this is corrected. No PS3 unless this is fixed.
I'll still buy the PS3, because I'm a MGS whore.
Don't hate the player. Hate the game.
Damn, and their new TV's were looking pretty sweet.
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ROFL, oh man - I usually wait until I'm on the freeway to do that. What an idiot! -teufy doing what he does best.
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Thanks for the heads-up on this. I'm letting people know about it.
Whats even better is the rumor about PS3 regestering whatever PS3 game you put in it, so that there can be no more rentals or resale. It regestires that copy of the game to your machine, and if its put in someone elses machine it wont id correctly and the unit will shut down. It was speculated only to be a rumor but if thats true then internet access would be required every time you wanted to play your PS3.
Last edited by WBBIRL; 11-16-2005 at 07:06 AM.
thats a definite violation of fair use, wbbirl. i hope and suspect that is nothing but rumor - ALTHOUGH, i would not suprise me if they kept track of such things for internal use
Looks like Sony BMG listened. Good, I can buy a PS3 again, unless it does that whole system check thing.
You're not soured on them as a vendor for their blatant attack on the rights and security and privacy of their customers?Originally Posted by ectx
LOL...I am, but i really really really want a PS3! I stopped relying on them for home electronics though. I discovered other folks make much better audio equipment and TVs.
Then I sure as hell won't buy one. I never got into online gaming and have now been given a a reason not to.Originally Posted by WBBIRL
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Well none of that is concrete yet, but just something to think about. There is no evidence to push it one way or the other.
This gives me flasbacks to the Terminator - a large number of computers around the world have been infected (even military) by a 'virus'. All we need now is a top secret AI computer to take control.
Registering; registersOriginally Posted by WBBIRL
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Anything with the words "Audio" and "Sony" in the same sentence is junk. Trust me, anything Sony makes that even remotely deals with sound reproduction is mass produced crap...Originally Posted by ectx
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This entire move was a horrible mistake on Sony's part. Not only was that rootkit the dumbest idea since Greedo shooting first, but the EULA that comes packaged with it has some utterly asinine things in it. For example, if you go bankrupt, have your wages garnished, or are served with any sort of legal process that can affect your wages or assets, you have to delete any mp3's you made from the cd. Leave the country? Bye-bye mp3's. Fail to install the latest version of Sony's DRM software? Toast.
Oh, and according to the EULA, sony's not responsible for any damages caused by their software. Isn't that fantastic?
Okay, Sony is evil... blah, blah... but they've made an amazing advert:
Watch it. It's quite amazing when you're realize the "trick."