January 03, 2006
Sony sneak attack

I recieved this in an email from Amazon tonight.

Greetings from Amazon.com.

We have recently learned that Sony announced a security vulnerability
issue with CDs that have SunnComm copy protection technology. Sony has
made a software upgrade and uninstall option available on their
website to correct the security issue. Affected items include the


Artist: My Morning Jacket
Title: Z

I went out to Michele's car and got the CD and brought it inside. I flipped it over, and sure enough it's got the evilness on it.

Holy crap, I've been haxxored by Sony.

Of course Dear Reader, I haven't really been rootkitted, I never run that software that comes on the CDs.

Now here's the funny part. The whole reason that Sony put this malicious software on the CD was to prevent people from ripping it to files, right?

Without know the My Morning Jacket CD was 'protected' in any way, I did what I do to all my CDs, I ripped it to MP3. I still use Musicmatch Jukebox to rip CDs and I did it again. The music ripped fine, and the MP3s are already on Michele's beloved MPIO player.

So I have to ask Sony, what was the point of all this if I was still able to rip the CD without noticing any of the 'protection' until I got an email tonight?

Anyone know if I can exchange my infected CD for a clean CD?

Posted by michael at January 03, 2006 07:14 PM


Sony recalled all of their 'rootkit' CD's. I think you can just take it back to where you bought it and exchange... and the software self installs when you put the CD in a PC without informing the user, you might want to double check...

Posted by: theReverend [] on January 5, 2006 9:16 AM
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