It all started when Mark Russinovich discovered stuff on his computer that shouldn’t be there.
Fortunately Mark is an Ubergeek who knows lots of stuff about how Windows works. After a little digging, he found out that
- It hides itself
- It pretends to be an integral part of Windows
- if you find and delete it, it can damage or kill your operating system.
The culprit? An Audio CD published by Sony music that had a rather ham-fisted Copy-protection scheme designed by an outfit called “First 4 Internet”. No EULA, No disclosure or warning about what they are doing. Either they don’t know how to write software, or they think that it’s so important to protect any threat – real or perceived – to Sony’s coffers that it’s ok to damage other people’s computers while doing it.
Yet another reason to Just say No to DRM