New York AG blasts Sony

Apparently Sony isn’t moving quickly enough in its recall of DRM rootkit infected CDs. Eliot Spitzer is breathing fire down Sony’s collective necks.

Apparently Sony isn't moving quickly enough in its recall of DRM rootkit infected CDs. Eliot Spitzer is breathing fire down Sony's collective necks.  BetaNews says:

Things continue to get worse for Sony BMG following the discovery of a rootkit in its CD copy-protection software that degrades PC performance and puts users at risk for security attacks. New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, famous for going after corporate corruption and recently spyware companies, has turned his attention toward Sony.

Spitzer sent investigators to a number of retail music outlets, who were able to purchase the affected CDs more than a week after they were allegedly recalled, according to BusinessWeek. Stores including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Sam Goody, Circuit City, FYE and Virgin continued to stock the rootkit-laden albums.

Ouch - Spitzer and his investigators are not to be taken lightly.  Spitzer said:

"It is unacceptable that more than three weeks after this serious vulnerability was revealed, these same CDs are still on shelves, during the busiest shopping days of the year," Spitzer said statement.

"I strongly urge all retailers to heed the warnings issued about these products, pull them from distribution immediately, and ship them back to Sony."

BetaNews reminds us that Spitzer sued Sony previously for a payola scheme. Sony settled the case for $10 million. This DRM rootkit fiasco could end up costing Sony a lot more since CaliforniaTexas and the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) have already filed lawsuits.

Hat tip to Avery Parker.

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