Sony BMG settles rootkit lawsuits

Music giant Sony BMG settled two lawsuits brought by the Attorneys General of Texas and California on Tuesday, agreeing to pay fines of $750,000 to each state and up to $175 per consumer impacted by the company’s decision to include invasive copy-protection software on dozens of music CDs.

The case came to light a year ago, when an antivirus company and a security researcher separately discovered that a music CD published by Sony BMG silently installed rootkit-like software on the purchaser’s computer. Sony BMG quickly became the poster boy for dissatisfied netizens’ pent-up anger over the increasing erosion

Sony BMG settles rootkit lawsuits

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