The Rootkit of All Evil
On at least 50 titles released last year, Sony BMG included software that allows users to make up to three copies. To count the number of duplicates made, the discs install programs on the user's computer. And to keep savvy customers from monkeying with the software, the company included a rootkit, secret code that makes itself and the copy-protection files invisible.
The ability to hide files is an invitation to every hacker with, well, something to hide. Miscreants use it to cloak programs designed to take control of the host computer. Players of online games use it to conceal cheats. But there was more to Sony BMG's rootkit. The code could also send information about the user's system back to the mothership. Wired 14.02: Posts
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