“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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