I am sharing this with you all because like myself, a lot of people have no clue of what is going on with sony cd's until they find out that their computers have been infected. On friday I had listened to 3 new cds that I bought on my pc and later that night my microsoft antispyware did its daily routine check and it picked up on something called ROOTKIT. Being the pc dummy that I am, I had no clue what rootkit was so Microsoft provided me with the details stating that it was something which was found on sony music cd's and it was high risk malware which leaves the pc open to hacks and attacks.
Anyway, I looked in the back of the cd cases of the music that I was listening to and one of them had been distributed by sony..sigh! After numerous internet searches I have come to find out that sony placed a copywrite protection on the cds...along with the hidden rootkit file so that anyone who is playing their cds while connected online, their pc will unknowingly contact the sony website to let them know what songs you are listening to at the current time.
I have also learn that rootkit is what hackers use in order to create hidden space on a pc to hide whatever criminal activity it is that they do online. Sony has not offered any type of uninstall for this...only a so-called patch to patch up their wrong doings.
I have come across a few lists online with the artists whos music cds are the only ones who are suppose to be infected but I can tell you all now that they didnt complete the list and they are still being dishonest. The cd that dowloaded rootkit to my pc osnt even listed.
The holidays are here and I know a lot of you will be buying new cds and you love playing them on your pc or downloading the songs to itunes etc. But please be aware that you are putting ur pc and any personal information on your pc at risk.