Computer security firm: ‘Stinx’ virus hides within Sony’s copy protection scheme

“A computer security firm said Thursday it had discovered the first virus that uses music publisher Sony BMG’s controversial CD copy-protection software to hide on PCs and wreak havoc,” Reuters reports. “Under a subject line containing the words ‘Photo approval,’ a hacker has mass-mailed the so-called Stinx-E trojan virus to British e-mail addresses, said British anti-virus firm Sophos. When recipients click on an attachment, they install malware, which may tear down the firewall and gives hackers access to a PC. The malware hides by using Sony software that is also hidden — the software would have been installed on a computer when consumers played Sony’s copy-protected music CDs.”

Reuters reports, “‘This leaves Sony in a real tangle. It was already getting bad press about its copy-protection software, and this new hack exploit will make it even worse,’ said Sophos’s Graham Cluley. Sony BMG’s spokesman John McKay, in New York, was not immediately available to comment.”

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Karma’s a bitch, huh, Sony?

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34 Comments

  1. Sony has nothing to worry about. Microsoft hasn’t ever gotten into trouble, so why should they? : )

    “Why worry?” – Alfred E. Neuman (MAD Magazine)

    Why should they worry? That’s simple…they’re not Microsoft.

  2. What the fsk was $ony thinking? Dumb asses!

    The lawyers are salivating over this thing. I bet their all breaking red lights to the court house and fighting in the parking lots. Kind of like someone was selling iBooks for $50. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    I predict a major reaming with out lubricants for $ony over this.

    The $ony corp image is going into the toilet with consumers on this one. They just can’t seem to get their heads out of their asses (no pun intended®)

    Yikes!
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    Defined as
    Main Entry: scha·den·freu·de
    Pronunciation: ‘shä-d&n-“froi-d&
    Function: noun
    Usage: often capitalized
    Etymology: German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy
    : enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

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