Sony BMG Pulls CD Software

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:44 pm

Music publisher Sony BMG said on Friday it would stop making CDs that use a controversial technology to protect its music against illegal copying.

“As a precautionary measure, Sony BMG is temporarily suspending the manufacture of CDs containing XCP technology,” it said in a statement.

The decision follows the discovery on Thursday of the first virus that uses Sony BMG’s CD copy-protection software to hide on PCs and wreak havoc.

A hacker had mass-mailed e-mail with an attachment, which when clicked on installs malware. The malware hides by using Sony BMG software that is also hidden — the software would have already been installed on a computer when consumers played Sony’s copy-protected music CDs.

The malware, a trojan program which appears desirable but actually contains something harmful, tears down a computer’s firewall and gives hackers access to a PC.

Sony BMG provided a patch to protect computers against the virus, which is available on its Web site.

“We also intend to re-examine all aspects of our content protection initiative to be sure that it continues to meet our goals of security and ease of consumer use,” Sony BMG added.

The firm provided software to remove the “cloaking element”, which enables the virus to hide inside the computer, but the patch does not disable the copy protection itself.

Source: Reuters


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