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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Sony Turned to Rootkits Again?

Sony Turned to Rootkits Again?

Sony Turned to Rootkits Again?

Added: Saturday, February 5th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Sony’s problems with PlayStation 3 began when its root keys were discovered and published in the Internet. Today the company is making another effort to fight against jailbreakers – the rumors are that Sony is using the latest firmware update to upload rootkit on to the console in order to spy on users.


In fact, it seems like the troubles of 2005 are all over again. 6 years ago Sony tried to curb music piracy of its albums, encoding the CDs with the infamous SunnComm/MediaMaxx technology, which was highly questionable under law. Actually, the mentioned technology installed a rootkit on to users’ PCs, unable to be detected by any anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Once this was discovered in the technology, virus writers simply hid their malware in rootkits and anti-virus software had no power against it. In other words,
Sony’s protections schemes went too far, which led to litigation in many countries. Finally, by 2007, the lawsuits against the company were settled.

Now the situation is similar: after the root keys to Sony’s PS3 had been posted online by a user nicknamed GeoHot, it became clear that games not authorized by the company can now be played. The company required that the tools used to find the root keys be handed over, but the user said it makes no sense because the keys are now public.

Although it seemed like there’s little Sony can do about it, it was wrong. CNet suggested that the company has been distributing a new firmware update, which is reported to contain rootkit technology, again. It would spy on users’ consoles to make sure they are playing only authorized games. Meanwhile, the report of CNet mentions that Sony has yet to activate this code.

If it is really so, this could cause more legal problems for the company. First of all, the very idea that some piece of software could spy on gamers will raise several legal privacy concerns. So far it is doubtful that such technology would be legal in the United States. Meanwhile, Canada has even tougher privacy laws, which also decreases the chances of such scheme being legal. By the way, privacy concerns became a huge problem for the company in Canada 6 years ago.

Actually, it’s really quite striking that the company might even consider choose this way again. If Sony really decides to try this, it would have to go over privacy legislation in every country to ensure it isn’t breaking any laws, at the very least.

February 5th,2011

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Date:  Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-02-05 17:05:25)
fusseltier avatardo you think sony would actually try to get approval in every country first?
absolutely not.

posted by (2011-02-05 18:39:15)
Rodster avatarThe real problem with the gaming industry is that the games are way too overpriced. This forces people into buying a console that can be hacked to play backups in order to afford to be able to play.

The industry needs to re-evaluate the cost of the games and much much it costs to reproduce/develop them etc...The bottom line remains, that if games are cheaper, more sales are guaranteed....I just can't afford to buy newgames and find myself having to wait for second hand, swappping or sale prices. There are only certain games that I will pay full price for because I do notwant to wait and even then I feel ripped off...

posted by (2011-02-05 22:53:24)
No avatarI won't buy Sony, Microsoft, Apple anything, they're terrible, evil (and grossly overpriced) companies.

I hope Sony gets sued into oblivion.

posted by Trusted UploaderET loverSuperman (2011-02-06 04:11:13)
ShiroYasha avatarSony = Fail

posted by (2011-02-06 07:05:32)
Tparsons5150 avatarGo for it Sony!

posted by (2011-02-07 03:37:42)
carlbandit avatarEven if sony do release this, it wouldent surprise me if a new jailbreak update is release a few days after blocking or even just tricking the rootkit

@Dalamar quick question, what OS are you currently running? if i was to guess id say its likely windows (a microsoft product) or Mac (a apple product) :P

Thanks sam, while I dont have my PS3 jailbroken will be interesting to see how this works out :D

posted by (2011-02-07 10:23:45)
XxGoLDxX avatarwat i think is ppl can find ways always

posted by (2011-02-08 09:59:05)
diablobandido avatar@XxGoLDxX,from what movie is your avatar.for Sony..lowering the price and make it affordable solves the problem,

posted by (2011-02-10 08:29:15)
No avatar@carlbandit i personally use a linux distro called PARDUS. i'm very happy with it cause it can do all the things which windows can(sometimes more) and i'm using free and open source softwares on it. so i don't think it's too difficult to not buy a product from apple/microsoft. i will never ever buy a product from apple or microsoft either. OPEN SOURCE is the best. (if you're a gamer you might have to buy because currently all the good games are operated on PS3,Xbox,PC etc. :P ) (sorry for my bad english.)

posted by
(2011-02-10 13:26:51)
admin avatarспасибо за инфу

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