Some day a few Sony executives are going to look back at the rootkit fiasco, and considering the sheer stupidity of the move, wonder why they are unemployed.
The birds are circling, and circling bigtime. Big security firms classified Sony’s CDs as spyware, and that was all she wrote. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the company for damaging PCs, and state attorney general offices are getting in the act as well.
This all seems timely, but Sony (and its music brethren) may also be doing a little lobbying along the way. The latest anti-spyware bill to pass a Senate committee specifically targets remote installs of spyware, and popping a plastic platter full of shitty music into your computer could hardly be classified as remote.