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Friday, January 6th, 2006

As one set of class action suits winds down in the US, another set opens up in Canada. Boing Boing pointed last night to class action suits filed against Sony in Ontario and British Columbia, following a class action that I missed that was filed in November in Quebec.
Scanning the briefs, it looks as though […]

Legal roundup: Canadian lawsuit drops; SonySuit.com blogger sues Sony

Friday, January 6th, 2006

As one set of class action suits winds down in the US, another set opens up in Canada. Boing Boing pointed last night to class action suits filed against Sony in Ontario and British Columbia, following a class action that I missed that was filed in November in Quebec.
Scanning the briefs, it looks as though […]

Settlements at hand

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

News on a sleepy post-Christmas day, courtesy the Washington Post’s Security Fix blog: Sony BMG has apparently agreed to settle the New York based class action lawsuit. Terms of the settlement include a permanent cessation of the use of XCP and MediaMax on Sony BMG CDs, a pledge not to collect personal information from customers […]

Plot thickens: Did Sony try to break Apple’s DRM?

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Via Freedom to Tinker and Boing Boing comes a startling suggestion about XCP. Remember the allegation that DVD Jon’s iTunes DRM busting code appeared in XCP? Alex Haldeman at Freedom to Tinker says that it was put there on purpose: so that Sony BMG could get its music into iTunes and onto the iPod by […]

Post mortem of a screwup: what happened before Oct 31

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Business Week just posted an account of the internal communications among Sony BMG and First4Internet that sheds more light on the XCP rootkit foul-up, including the revelation that F-Secure warned Sony BMG in September that the rootkit existed and described the risk of exploits two weeks before Mark Russinovich went public. This is one of […]

How’d that LGPL code get in there, anyway?

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Boing Boing: Pre-history of the Sony rootkit and Sony rootkit author asked for free code to lock up music. Two posts in which Boing Boing’s readers do some spelunking through Google News and other online sources for evidence of First4Internet’s inclusion of open source code in their XCP rootkit. Good reading, especially the quote from […]

Security through obscurity: First4Internet’s website offline

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Boing Boing: Rootkit arms-dealer takes website down. Remember that great website that the makers of XCP used to have that showed all the information about their product, including all those wonderful braggy press releases? All gone. In fact, no mention of XCP at all on the revised site, just contact information.
Hmm. Does this mean there […]