Sophos antivirus updating failed
Microsoft is trying to work with media companies like Sony, hoping Windows becomes the media-distribution channel of choice.
And Microsoft is known for watching out for its business interests at the expense of those of its customers.
The rootkit has even been found on computers run by the Department of Defense, to the Department of Homeland Security's displeasure. It's yet another situation where Macintosh users can watch, amused (well, mostly) from the sidelines, wondering why anyone still uses Microsoft Windows. The story to pay attention to here is the collusion between big media companies who try to control what we do on our computers and computer-security companies who are supposed to be protecting us.
Initial estimates are that more than computers worldwide are infected with this Sony rootkit.
• November 17, 2005 AM You are very right in your assesment, the AV companies and Microsoft sold out their users. It fits all the requirements to be called that and quite frankly, to the end user, it does not matter if it is intended to prevent copying or to connect to rogue irc channels.
And Sysinternals, of course, which hosts Russinovich's blog and brought this to light. But the reason we buy security products from Symantec, Mc Afee and others is to protect us from bad security.After all, XCP corrupts Windows' internals in a pretty nasty way.It's the sort of behavior that could easily lead to system crashes -- crashes that customers would blame on Microsoft. 13, when public pressure was just too great to ignore, that Microsoft announced it would update its security tools to detect and remove the cloaking portion of the rootkit.And it can't be removed; trying to get rid of it damages Windows. 11, Sony announced it was temporarily of that copy-protection scheme. 14 the company announced it was pulling copy-protected CDs from store shelves and offered to replace customers' infected CDs for free. When its actions were first discovered, Sony offered a "fix" that didn't remove the rootkit, just the cloaking. Some pointed out how this sort of software would degrade the reliability of Windows.This story was picked up by other blogs (including mine), followed by the computer press. Sony claimed the rootkit didn't phone home when it did. 4, Thomas Hesse, Sony BMG's president of global digital business, demonstrated the company's disdain for its customers when he said, "Most people don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it? Even Sony's apology only admits that its rootkit "includes a feature that may make a user's computer susceptible to a virus written specifically to target the software." However, imperious corporate behavior is not the real story either. Sony's latest rootkit-removal tool actually leaves a gaping vulnerability. Someone created malicious code that used the rootkit to hide itself.