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Author Topic: Deja Vu: More Sony Rootkits (They just don't learn)  (Read 2020 times)

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Deja Vu: More Sony Rootkits (They just don't learn)
« on: August 28, 2007, 01:03:01 PM »
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Biometrics – yes. BioShock – no.

Hypothetical: Imagine that you visit your local mall and browse around for stuff to buy. And you decide to buy a new CD from your favorite artist and you also buy a brand new cool USB stick thingy on an impulse. You go home and stick the CD into your laptop's CD drive. It prompts you to install some software. You do so and while you are listening to the music, you open the USB stick package and start experimenting with your new toy. It has a fingerprint reader so you install the software for that as well. Guess what… you might have just installed, not one, but two different rootkit-like software on your laptop.


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Re: Deja Vu: More Sony Rootkits (They just don't learn)
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2007, 01:26:17 PM »
Bastards.
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Re: Deja Vu: More Sony Rootkits (They just don't learn)
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2007, 02:17:40 PM »
Bah, the Sony CD case was much worse, for a lot of reasons. This one is a bit like the rootkit that Norton Recycle Bin uses, and it's actually done to protect you (playing devil's advocate...). The BioShock case is nothing more than the usual software protection used by hundreds of games and quite some shareware software.

The problem in these cases is what would happen if the rootkit is used for less 'healthy' reasons.

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Re: Deja Vu: More Sony Rootkits (They just don't learn)
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2007, 07:26:39 PM »
You would have thought that Sony learned from their first mistake. They must think consumers are ignorant and don't notice these things.