Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Sunday, 6 November 2005
SonyBMG Computer Program Hides Deep & Lurks
Mood:  surprised
Now Playing: SonyBMG installs Rootkit without telling you
What is this I'm reading?

What may seem to be computer geeky talk about software issues, that is only one aspect. But the concept of what is happening in this aspect, which could get a average joe anybodys computer self installing programs without any acknowledgment of the user. All this is from software being installed by Sony surreptitiously when an unknowing customer is installing the music BMG player ...that if you latter, even find it on your hard drive, you cant remove it very easy if at all!
It is called a ROOTKITS

The link if you skim along and not try to understand the tecchno talk will more than explain what all is going on here and a forum that follows discusses a lot more than,the average joe, will be understanding.

Just skip the techno babble stuff about roots and registries ,,,,BUT follow along as the concept and the hiding of this software is explained and proved by the author as he discovers this bullcrap.
Yes reader, one will see this is simply deplorable and a big . SHAME on SONY for trying this!!!!!

It is suppose to hide deep in your computer and look for illegal pirated copies or illegal use?
SonyBMG and First4Internet are in the doghouse now, having been caught installing rootkit-like software on the computers of SonyBMG music customers, thereby exposing the customers to security risk.

As I copy/paste a comment from this website author
here--> The entire experience was frustrating and irritating. Not only had Sony put software on my system that uses techniques commonly used by malware to mask its presence, the software is poorly written and provides no means for uninstall. Worse, most users that stumble across the cloaked files with a RKR scan will cripple their computer if they attempt the obvious step of deleting the cloaked files.

While I believe in the media industry?s right to use copy protection mechanisms to prevent illegal copying, I don?t think that we?ve found the right balance of fair use and copy protection, yet. This is a clear case of Sony taking DRM too far.

But here is a site where the author suggest ways to address this issue click-->HERE

And since his original post which as he says (quote)...My posting Monday on Sony?s use of a rootkit as part of their Digital Rights Management (DRM) generated an outcry that?s reached the mainstream media. As of this morning the story is being covered in newspapers and media sites around the world including USA Today and the BBC. This is the case of the blogosphere having an impact, at least for the moment. But, there?s more to the story, like how Sony?s patch can lead to a crashed system and data loss and how Sony is still making users jump through hoops to get an uninstaller.

At the core of this story, however, is the issue of what disclosure should be required of software End User License Agreements (EULAs) and how the requirements can be made Federal law.
Thats what joe and Ben are waiting for = Justice & Honesty from the bastards!

Despite a chorus of criticism over Sony not delivering an uninstaller with their DRM software, Sony refuses to admit blame and to make an uninstaller readily available...

is the link he is referring to about the
Sony un-Install-Lack-thereof

The Sony jerks are acting just like todays Republican National Security are new secret government Leaders do!

Joe wonders if music pirates are going to be called Terrorists next?

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Sunday, 6 November 2005 11:19 PM PST

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