<   Prior Home         Share Blog Bloke     Share Blog Bloke Tips       Share to Twitter       Share to Facebook       Share to Twitter       Share to Google Plus       Share to LinkedIn       Pin this       Get Updates            
        Next   >  

Serious Security Breach is Revealed

Sony Suspends Making Antipiracy CDs:

I can’t believe my ears (or in this case my eyes). It took Homeland Security to finally admit what needed to be said.

“It’s very important to remember that it’s your intellectual property, it’s not your computer,” Baker said at a trade conference on piracy. “And in the pursuit of protection of intellectual property, it’s important not to defeat or undermine the security measures that people need to adopt in these days.”

They are acknowledging what the Bloke has been saying all along — that it’s MY computer. It is MY property and nobody (but nobody) has the right to sabotage the integrity of MY hard drive, or put hidden files or anything else on it that may compromise MY privacy or security - period, end of story.

For too long big business has had it’s way with us. If that conflicts with their copyright protection schemes then tough nuggies. That is part of the risk of doing business.

Stung by continuing criticism, (the world’s second-largest music label), Sony BMG Music Entertainment has promised to “temporarily” suspend making music CDs that have antipiracy technology leaving computers vulnerable to hackers:

A senior Homeland Security official cautioned entertainment companies against discouraging piracy in ways that also make computers vulnerable. Stewart Baker, assistant secretary for policy at DHS, did not cite Sony by name in his remarks Thursday but described industry efforts to install hidden files on consumers’ computers.

The antipiracy technology, which works only on Windows computers, prevents customers from making more than a few copies of the CD and prevents them from loading the CD’s songs onto Apple Computer’s popular iPod portable music players. Some other music players, which recognize Microsoft’s proprietary music format, would work.

Sony’s announcement came one day after leading security companies disclosed that hackers were distributing malicious programs over the Internet that exploited the antipiracy technology’s ability to avoid detection. Hackers discovered they can effectively render their programs invisible by using names for computer files similar to ones cloaked by the Sony technology.

Let’s hope this is a trend that will continue.

Written November 12th, 2005 by | 2 Comments | Filed under: Security Tips

Thanks for Sharing     Share - enable java in your browser Share to Twitter            

Did you enjoy this article? Keep up to date with Blog Bloke Tips the moment it's published by email. Your Privacy is Guaranteed and will not be shared with anyone.

Keep it real with Blog Bloke Thanks for reading the original Blog Bloke. You can read more about me here. Contact me if you have any questions, tip requests or if you would like to be a guest blogger. Keep it real every day and subscribe to the newsfeed, share with friends or follow me.

    Subscribe to the Newsfeed     Share to Twitter     Share to Facebook     Share to Google Plus     Pin this     Share to LinkedIn

Got an opinion? Let's be real and start a conversation:

It's your turn to tell Blog Bloke what you think, ask a question or suggest another blog tip. Don't forget the comments policy and I'm looking forward to reading what you have to say.

There are 2 Comments so far to “Serious Security Breach is Revealed”

  1. Right on Bloke! That goes for putting crap in my registry as well.

      Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  

  2. Heh, “tough nuggies” is right!

      Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  

Share     Share this article with your friends

Subscribe to Better Blog Tips Newsfeed   SUBSCRIBE to Bloke Bloke's Articles (Newsfeed)

Subscribe to Better Blog Tips Newsfeed   Subscribe to only Comments for this Article | TrackBack URL

You can also use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>