Filesharer? Prepare to be treated like a a terrorist

Music industry tries to hijack serious crime legislation in Europe

When the UK Presidency suggested to the EU that telecoms service providers and ISPs should be forced to retain information about the telephone calls you make and the sites you visit, they stated that it was an essential ‘balance’ struck between liberty and security: a grave compromise necessitated by the threat of terrorism and serious crime. Continue reading Filesharer? Prepare to be treated like a a terrorist

Over half a million machines infected by Sony malware

Wired News: Sony Numbers Add Up to Trouble

Sony BMG has been on the run for almost two weeks with the public relations debacle of its XCP copy-restriction software, which has installed an exploit-vulnerable rootkit with at least 20 popular music titles on PCs all over the world. Continue reading Over half a million machines infected by Sony malware

Yet more Sony dodginess

Sony Shipping Spyware from SunnComm, Too

To summarize, MediaMax software:

* Is installed onto the computer without meaningful notification or consent, and remains installed even if the license agreement is declined;
* Includes either no uninstall mechanism or an uninstaller that fails to completely remove the program like it claims;
* Sends information to SunnComm about the user’s activities contrary to SunnComm and Sony statements and without any option to disable the transmissions. Continue reading Yet more Sony dodginess