Some Sony news

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

You had to know we couldn’t make it to the end of the year without another story about the Sony DRM rootkit…. I noticed last night that the sunbelt blog had mention of a proposed settlement in their legal troubles in the wake of the XCP copy protection DRM rootkit MESS. *(Mediamax is not quite [...]

Network Security guide for the home or small business network – Part 12 – Antispyware

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

I’ve talked about Antivirus software as an essential. Today we’re going to look at Antispyware software. There is a difference. By definition a virus is a piece of software that infects other files or copies itself. A worm is a virus that spreads without user intervention. (From one open network port to another for instance.) [...]

Microsoft Security Bulletin Email

Monday, December 12th, 2005

There is a trojan making the rounds that is acquired by clicking on links in an email. That’s not necessarily new, however…. this email represents itself as an authentic-looking Microsoft security bulletin and the links are supposedly to updates (sorted by Windows version.) It’s important to point out that Microsoft does not send registered users [...]

Spyware news and musings

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

It’s funny, in the last couple days 180solutions had a blog post that was somewhat… what’s the term I’m looking for ? well they were quite defensive and concerned about “anti-spyware zealots” about “Scanning companies” and trying to work with them to explain their business model. Of course, legal action is not something they want [...]

Community site to help users understand EULA’s better

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

This is a great lead from Spyware Confidential. There is a relatively new site out and about called eulascan.com. They allow user submitted comments on EULA’s (End User License Agreements). Of course, EULA’s are the terms and conditions that pop up on installing software and (these days) appear on the packaging of everything from software [...]

More on the MediaMax DRM software

Monday, November 28th, 2005

The OTHER Sony-BMG DRM (Digital Rights Management) software is in the news again today. freedom-to-tinker which did great research into the security flaws that the UNINSTALL process for both XCP and MediaMax had is back to give more disturbing news. What’s interesting here is that even declining the EULA for the software is no protection [...]

OTHER Sony DRM software has security flaws too.

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

You almost want to bury your head in the sand at this point if you’re Sony…. Freedom-to-tinker has some details. The last couple weeks the XCP copy protection that Sony uses has been the center of a Firestorm for rootkit capabilities and massive security problems. Well, it seems the OTHER Digital Rights Management (DRM) software [...]

Illegal to disable some spyware?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

OK – for starters, the keylogger that sunbelt talks about here is a legitimate piece of software for sale. Like anything though it could have illegit uses. Apparently retrocoder is upset that Sunbelt’s software detects spymon and gives the option of disabling it. Spymon is a commercial keylogger. They’ve claimed that it’s against their EULA [...]

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