Sony’s Rootkit, reloaded

Sony’s at it again.

As this report from Infoworld says:

“A line of USB drives sold by Sony installs files in a hidden folder that can be accessed and used by hackers, a Finnish security company charged Monday, raising the specter of a replay of the fiasco that hit Sony’s music arm two years ago when researchers discovered that its copy protection software used rootkit-like technologies.”

“According to F-Secure, the fingerprint-reader software included with the Sony MicroVault USM-F line of flash drives installs a driver that hides in a hidden directory under “c:\windows”. That directory and the files within it are not visible through Windows’ usual APIs, said F-Secure researcher Mika Tolvanen in a posting to the company’s blog Monday”

Chalk up another reason not to buy Sony products.

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