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'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' DVD Ships with Rootkit-like DRM


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German DVDs of the movie 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' carry a digital rights management (DRM) software with rootkit features, according to F-Secure. Settec Alpha-DISC copy protection hides its processes from the user, but unlike the Sony XCP rootkit it cannot hide other files and programs, making it less of a threat. Settec offers an uninstaller for its DRM, but F-Secure vice-president Antti Vihavainen argues that program should never hide themselves from users or the administrators responsible for the maintenance of a machine.

 

Source: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1926917,00.asp

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German DVDs of the movie 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' carry a digital rights management (DRM) software with rootkit features, according to F-Secure. Settec Alpha-DISC copy protection hides its processes from the user, but unlike the Sony XCP rootkit it cannot hide other files and programs, making it less of a threat. Settec offers an uninstaller for its DRM, but F-Secure vice-president Antti Vihavainen argues that program should never hide themselves from users or the administrators responsible for the maintenance of a machine.

 

Source: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1926917,00.asp

 

Hi chiawaikian, most of this subject is already here

 

http://forum.ccleaner.com/index.php?showtopic=4170

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DHS: Sony rootkit may lead to regulation

http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopic...,108793,00.html

 

DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is gettin upset about Sony and companies distributing things with rootkits and spyware.

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