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Sony Keeps Digging Itself Deeper

The furor over the rootkit technology used by Sony in their DRM software continues to grow. After Mark Russinovich unveiled the truth, Sony released a patch that supposedly allows for the DRM technology to be uninstalled. Of course, Mark reviewed the uninstallation, and he found it left a little bit to be desired (putting it mildly). Basically, it left you at risk of a blue screen of death. And Mark’s not the only one not satisfied—this article cites several other security experts as well who are not happy with this situation.

Then, First 4 Internet (the company behind the cloaking technology that Sony uses for their DRM software) responds to Mark’s posts and attempts to refute his findings. Finally, today, Mark posted more details on the actual uninstallation process and what is required in order to make it work.

Sony just keeps digging itself deeper and deeper into this hole. It’s bad enough that the company uses stealth/cloaking technologies to hide their files. It’s bad enough by itself that the DRM software is communicating back to Sony whenever a CD is played. It’s bad enough that the uninstallation process requires so many steps and is so complicated.

Finally, to make matters worse…check out this news.

Put it all together, and you get a mistake so massive that it could change Sony’s business fortunes. Don’t believe me? Are you going to buy any Sony CDs or software now, after everything that’s been disclosed? I’m not, that’s for sure. (Of course, I don’t really have to worry about it that much since I’m using a Mac and not Windows, but that’s a different story for a different day.)

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