Sony BMG Recalls the “Rootkit” CDs & Macs are not safe either

The tide has turned. Now, Sony is actually recalling the CD’s with the “rootkit” sercurity threat. Wired magazine shares that news here: Sony Folds Tent, Recalls CDs. It is unbelievable that over 500,000 people are at risk. Read this same news from CNET here: Sony recalls risky ‘rootkit’ CDs.
The recall is great news, but as my friend Tim commented on my last posting, Macs are not safe. Being a Mac guy (several machines at home for music, kids homework and my office uses Macs) I am checking this out.

Read this article from Extreme DRM and its links provided by Tim (thanks Tim!): Sony’s DRM Rootkit Comes in Mac Flavor, Too. In this article, there is evidenced a CD that contains a program that launches and then asks to install. What it installs are two extensions that are reported to be copyprotecting. I have no problem with the idea of copyprotection, just that this is all so sinister and that it degrades the security of one’s computer. I fished through my extension files and found out that I am clean from the two extensions mentioned. But am I safe?

If any of you have more information about this, please let me know.

Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.