Texas Sues Sony BMG Over Rootkit

Texas’s Attorney General has filed suit against Sony BMG over its use of illegal spyware in the form of the rootkit it was including on some copy-protected CDs.

The lawsuit notes that Sony’s software uses a rootkit “cloaking” technique to hide itself from users and prevent its removal. Abbott says the DRM remains active at all times, even when Sony’s media player is not active, which has led to concerns about its true purpose.

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