New virus version uses Sony DRM to cloak itself


— 9:17 AM on November 11, 2005

Sony's official stance that their rootkit-installing DRM software is a harmless security measure just lost some credibility. News reports now claim a new version of the Stinx-E trojan specifically attempts to cloak itself using Sony's rootkit software.

What began as one man's discovery and subsequent blog entry has spiraled into a controversy that's been covered by major websites and news sources worldwide. Sony might have brushed off the fact that their DRM could be used to break World of Warcraft's own anti-cheating system; such software, after all, is neither beloved of players or particularly vital to the function of a PC. Trojans and viruses that can be specifically targeted at systems that run a certain DRM system, however, probably fall under a completely different category as far as John Q. Public is concerned.

 
   
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