Are rootkits really all bad?

When a security researcher late last year discovered Sony was using hidden software cloaking and monitoring techniques to protect copyrights on its music compact discs, public backlash prompted lawsuits against the company and a debate ensued about using such "rootkits" in commercial software.

The lawsuits wound down with a court-ordered settlement that has Sony BMG Music Entertainment offering $7.50 and a free album download to those who bought any of the 15 million rootkit-infested CDs it sold. But the broader rootkit debate seems far from over. Are rootkits really all bad? - Network World

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