11/21/2005

Texas Sues Sony Over Anti-Piracy Software

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:45 pm

The state sued Sony BMG Music Entertainment on Monday under its new anti-spyware law, saying anti-piracy technology the company slipped into music CDs leaves huge security holes on consumers’ computers.

Attorney General Greg Abbott accused Sony BMG of surreptitiously installing “spyware” in the form of files that mask other files Sony installed as part of XCP.

This “cloaking” component can leave computers vulnerable to viruses and other security problems, said Abbot, echoing the findings of computer security researchers.

The term “spyware” has been used broadly to cover programs that are installed without users’ full knowledge and consent, whether or not they actually spy on a user’s activities.

Source: AP

 

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