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Friday, November 04, 2005
  Sony Resorts to Spyware!
Just read a very disturbing post over at Sysinternals.com. It seems that Sony Music has resorted to installing spyware on your computer via special software that comes on certain Sony cd's you buy online or in brick and mortar stores. The article is a bit technical for some, but in a nutshell the poster says that he found some entries in his windows registry that were hidden and very hard to find. This is a scheme that spyware makers would employ.

After finding it, he then tried to figure out where it came from, Seems a company by the name of First4Internet has made the software. The process takes about 2% of cpu usage whether you are using Sony's software or not. Just imagine if every cd manufacturer had used this type of software. Have enough DRM spyware on your system, and it could render your computer useless! After trying to remove the Sony installed spyware, it actually disabled his cd drive.

I encourage you to check out the article. Again, it is rather technical, but it does get the point across. Just another reason not to buy RIAA music. Do these people understand that the more they try to "protect" their property, the more they alienate the consumer?
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