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Old 11-02-2005, 11:06 PM
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Nay. I am a genius to the man on the street but a bad amature with the professionals.

A friend passed it on. My friends are all high level geeks of the true order.

It's an excellent article produced my someone for no other reward but the truth. That is why the money grubbing swine who own the planet will always fail...they cant comprehend people going against them out of sheer nobility.

I am a simple unemployed man on the margins. Or, as I like to call myself...a G.I.R.M.

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Old 11-03-2005, 11:09 PM
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truebeliever wrote:
Nay. I am a genius to the man on the street but a bad amature with the professionals.

A friend passed it on. My friends are all high level geeks of the true order.

It's an excellent article produced my someone for no other reward but the truth. That is why the money grubbing swine who own the planet will always fail...they cant comprehend people going against them out of sheer nobility.

I am a simple unemployed man on the margins. Or, as I like to call myself...a G.I.R.M.

Globalist

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Renaissance

Man

Formerly known as an unemployed bum. Or, as my friends alledge, a man with too much time on his hands.
Got your number :lol:
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Old 11-04-2005, 08:12 AM
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Default Re: Is It Possible For Corporations To Keep Their Big Fat Noses Out Of Our Computers?

Taken from http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20051103/tc_nf/39083

After Criticism, Sony Issues Fix for Hidden Rootkits

Sony (NYSE: SNE - news) has admitted that it included a stealth rootkit on some music CDs shipped in 2005 and has issued an update to remove the hidden software one day after it was discovered. The company had drawn criticism from security experts who warned that the technology could serve as a tool for hackers.


The nearly undetectable monitoring utility, part of the company's digital-rights management (DRM) technology, was aimed at preventing consumers from producing illegal copies of CDs. The software installed itself automatically in Windows systems whenever a CD was inserted. Any files contained in the rootkit are invisible and almost impossible to remove.

Security expert Mark Russinovich of Sysinternals discovered the hidden rootkit and posted his findings on the company blog on November 1st. Russinovich wrote that although he checked in his system's Add or Remove Programs list, as well as on the vendor's site and on the CD itself, he could not find uninstall instructions. Nor, he says, could he find any mention of it in the End User License Agreement (EULA).

Stealth Tactics

A rootkit is a set of tools commonly used by hackers to circumvent antivirus software and control a computer system. Most rootkits are engineered so that common PC monitoring mechanisms cannot detect them. The rootkits are designed to tuck themselves in to the most basic level of the operating system and remain hidden from users.

A Finnish antivirus company, F-Secure, reported that it had spent several weeks recently trying to find the cause of some unknown files reported by a user who suspected an audio CD as the cause.

Mikko Hyppnen, chief research officer at F-Secure, said hackers could use the rootkit to insert their own files by inserting a simple command at the beginning of the file name that would render them undetectable by most antivirus software. On the F-Secure blog, Hyppnen wrote that he heard rumors that Universal is using the same DRM system on its audio CDs.

Privacy? What Privacy?

Although industry analysts said they cannot fault Sony's motives, some saw the company's initial failure to disclose the hidden technology as a violation of U.S. copyright laws. According to Jared Carleton, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, Sony is overstepping the fair-use clause that gives consumers the right to make backup copies.

"[Sony] is saying, 'No, we are not going to pay attention to U.S. copyright law that's been generally accepted for the past 30 years,' " he said.

Carleton likened the hidden DRM to malware, and said it was no different than adware and spyware. He said that if Sony was shipping DRM-protected CDs, the company needed to put a notice on its packaging. Consumers understand that artists should be paid for their music, he said, but he added that consumers don't like this type of secrecy.

Andrew Jaquith, senior security analyst at Yankee Group, said the company behaved badly and that there could be a backlash. He said that the desire to protect intellectual property is understandable, but that Sony should have been upfront about its DRM technology, and would have been better off using industry-standard software.

"I haven't seen a single positive comment about this and it makes them look at little slimy," Jaquith said. "They should have been above-board and should have used software that they hadn't cobbled together themselves."

On the Web page containing the update, which enables users to detect and remove the rootkit, Sony said its technology did not pose a security risk. "This component is not malicious and does not compromise security," the company's post said. "However to alleviate any concerns that users may have about the program posing potential security vulnerabilities, this update has been released to enable users to remove this component from their computers."

The fix can be downloaded at http://cp.sonybmg.com/xcp/english/updates.html.
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Old 11-04-2005, 12:25 PM
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Dang, fra nothing, how is it that you can keep track of all of your many user names? You must have to keep a list handy (the latest being noNWOforme).
Ummmmm! Excuse me, Marsali!
I am not fra nothing, or anyone else.
Just thought I'd stop in to see how things go here at Club Conspiracy, and decided on some input.

Don't know who bugs you, but I'll stay away from you if you want.

Geez, what a welcome mat I got here!
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Old 11-04-2005, 03:40 PM
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Default Low Tech Evading Technique

LONDON--Technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music's elaborate disc copy-protection technology with a decidedly low-tech method: scribbling around the rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker.

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Old 11-04-2005, 03:49 PM
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Default Security-spooked Users Slap Sony CD On Amazon

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Old 11-04-2005, 06:00 PM
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Default Malware now doing the DNS switcheroo

Malware now doing the DNS switcheroo. More interesting computer hacks. Link below.

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Old 11-15-2005, 02:36 AM
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Default Sony: No More Rootkit - For Now

There have been several significant developments in the Sony DRM story since my last post. The first is that, despite Sonyís and First 4 Internetís claims that their rootkit poses no security risk, several viruses have been identified in the wild that exploit the cloaking functionality provided by the rootkit. Besides F-Secure and Computer Associates, most antivirus companies were slow to label the Sony rootkit as a risk. But the discovery of viruses that use the rootkit to hide files has caused many to identify and disable the rootkit in their latest scanning signatures. My guess is that they were waiting for an actual security threat to shield them from a potential problem with Sony. For example, Microsoft initially responded cautiously when questioned about its position on Sonyís use of rootkits, but Jason Garms, a member of the Microsoft Windows Defender team (formerly Microsoft Antispyware), announced in the Windows Defender blog this weekend that Microsoft is also releasing signatures and a cleaner for the rootkit.

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