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Sony rootkit settlement

Here’s a followup to one of the first big stories that I posted on… the Sony rootkit – there has been a settlement with the FTC (Federal Trade Commision). It has yet to be approved but, affected customers could see up to $150 to cover cost of repair (rootkit removal/etc.) They(Sony) must also allow the cds to be swapped. Under the settlement Sony does not admit breaking any law.


If you don’t recall – there was a BIG fuss over CD’s distributed by Sony after it was discovered that a rootkit was being installed without notification to the user. Essentially, if a windows user put a sony cd into their machine the software would silently install. Some attempts at removal could cause serious problems (if I recall even forcing a reinstall of the system.)

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Posted by on January 31, 2007.

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Categories: Computers, Security, Windows Software, Windows Tech Support

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