What did the Sony rootkit do?
The hidden rootkit program was used to spy on users and their listening habits, and share that information with Sony, as well as prevent other third party audio programs from reading the disk.
How do I know if I have a rootkit virus?
A rootkit scan is the best way to detect a rootkit infection, which your antivirus solution can initiate. If you suspect a rootkit virus, one way to detect the infection is to power down the computer and execute the scan from a known clean system. Behavioral analysis is another method of rootkit detection.
How to tell if a Sony BMG CD is insecure?
CDs with XCP technology can be identified by the letters “XCP” printed on the back cover of the jewel case for the CD according to SonyBMG’s XCP FAQ. On November 18, 2005, Reuters reported that Sony BMG would exchange affected insecure CDs for new unprotected disks as well as unprotected MP3 files.
When did Sony BMG back out of copy protection?
On November 15, 2005 vnunet.com announced that Sony BMG was backing out of its copy-protection software, recalling unsold CDs from all stores, and offering consumers to exchange their CDs with versions lacking the software. The Electronic Frontier Foundation compiled a partial list of CDs with XCP.
Are there any security risks with Sony BMG?
Sony BMG was quoted as maintaining that “there were no security risks associated with the anti-piracy technology”, despite numerous virus and malware reports. On November 16, 2005, US-CERT, part of the United States Department of Homeland Security, issued an advisory on XCP DRM.
When did Sony BMG remove the rootkit from Windows?
On November 18, 2005, Sony BMG provided a “new and improved” removal tool to remove the rootkit component of XCP from affected Microsoft Windows computers. This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (April 2013)