The Lazy Genius

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Sony’s Rootkit: First 4 Internet Responds

Posted by Xavier Ashe on November 8, 2005

First 4 Internet, the company that implements Sony’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) software that includes a rootkit, has responded to my last post, More on Sony: Dangerous Decloaking Patch, EULAs and Phoning Home.
They rebut four of the points I raise in the post. Their first
statement relates to my assertion that Sony’s player contacts Sony’s
web site each time it runs and sends the site an ID associated with the
CD the user is playing:

The player has a standard rotating
banner that connects the user to additional content (e.g. provides a
link to the artist web site). The player simply looks online to see if
another banner is available for rotation. The communication is one-way
in that a banner is simply retrieved from the server if available. No
information is ever fed back or collected about the consumer or their
activities.

Which of course is false if they are logging thier webserver
requests.  And how does F4I know what Sony is doing on their
server.  Read the full blog post from Mark where he addresses the rest of F4I's response.

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