Sony Rootkits: A Sign Of Security Industry Failure?


One analyst wonders why it took so long to catch onto Sony's use of rootkits on CDs and whether customers may have a false sense of security. Sony's controversial copy-protection scheme had been in use for seven months before its cloaking rootkit was discovered, leading one analyst to question the effectiveness of the security industry.

"[For] at least for seven months, Sony BMG Music CD buyers have been installing rootkits on their PCs. Why then did no security software vendor detect a problem and alert customers?" asked Joe Wilcox, an analyst with JupiterResearch. InformationWeek > Security > Sony Rootkits: A Sign Of Security Industry Failure? > November 18, 2005

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