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Security Fix: November 13, 2005 - November 19, 2005

Sony, Amazon Detail CD Buyback

Sony BMG has just posted a series of Web pages that should help consumers who have purchased music CDs tainted with its flawed anti-piracy software exchange them for the same titles without the software. The music company's copy-protection FAQ directs...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 18, 2005; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Piracy  
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Researchers See Risk From Another Sony DRM

The Sony BMG anti-piracy story just refuses to go away. And maybe it shouldn't: Security researchers -- the same ones who earlier this week found serious security holes in a patch Sony issued to remove the scariest components of its...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 17, 2005; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Piracy  
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Major Internet Backbone Goes Down

Update, 5:53 p.m. ET: Cogent says the problem in the District was repaired at a little after 3 p.m. ET today and that the company expects the cut in its fiber line in New Orleans to be fixed within the...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 17, 2005; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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Removing Sony's Software? Not Quite

This post is geared toward people who read today's wrapup in The Washington Post about huge security holes in Sony BMG's anti-piracy software and are interested in removing some or all of the broken software from their computers. That software...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 17, 2005; 12:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Yet Another Sony Flaw Found

When it rains, it pours. Researchers at Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems Inc. say they've uncovered yet another security flaw in Sony BMG's anti-piracy software that attackers could exploit to take total control over any vulnerable machine. The discovery was made...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 15, 2005; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Piracy  
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Researcher: Sony DRM on Half a Million Networks

New data published today by notable security researcher Dan Kaminsky indicates that Sony BMG's security-flaw-ridden anti-piracy software is installed on more than half a million computer networks in at least 165 countries. Kaminsky arrived at the number by poking around...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 15, 2005; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Piracy  
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Researchers: Sony Patch Opens Huge Security Hole

As Security Fix warned in a post late last night, researchers have found new flaws in a program designed to remove portions of an anti-piracy software included in an unknown number of Sony BMG music CDs. A patch that Sony...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 15, 2005; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Latest Warnings , Piracy  
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More Sony Problems to Be Revealed

Several groups of privacy and security experts are expected to release research later today that points to multiple, serious security flaws present in "XCP," the anti-piracy software used on an undisclosed number of Sony BMG music CDs. (For the record,...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 15, 2005; 1:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Sony Faces Another Class-Action Suit

Sony BMG is facing yet another class-action lawsuit stemming from the controversy over its anti-piracy software, this time from a New York attorney who filed a federal case that could potentially include consumers in all 50 states. Scott Kamber filed...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 14, 2005; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Piracy  
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Counting the Cost of Data Loss

New research from the The Ponemon Institute underscores the hit companies can take when they lose control over their customers' personal and financial information. The institute surveyed more than 9,000 people and found that nearly 12 percent had been notified...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 14, 2005; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Microsoft: Sony Anti-Piracy Software Is Spyware

Microsoft said Saturday that it is updating its anti-spyware software (now called "Windows Defender") to detect and remove the file-hiding capabilities of the anti-piracy software installed by some Sony BMG music CDs. In December, Microsoft will automate that process through...

By Brian Krebs  |  November 13, 2005; 1:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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