Sony's rootkit has also been linked to Windows crashes, which isn't surprising to me. Most spyware causes instability in Windows because it is poorly written and designed to break parts of Windows to protect itself from removal. Sony writes, "This component is not malicious and does not compromise security. However to alleviate any concerns that users may have about the program posing potential security vulnerabilities, this update has been released to enable users to remove this component from their computers."
The incongruence of their words, is not startling to me, as they are playing a PR game to hide the fact that they messed up people's computers, and made them vulnerable to an attack that hasn't gained popularity yet, but now surely will. Virus writers will be able to easily hide their virus files using programs like Sony's cloaking DRM. Sony is lying that their cloaking DRM does not compromise security of an infected computer. http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=173601122 [informationweek.com]
The first virus utilizing sony's DRM technology to hide itself has been spotted in the wild.
CNN is now reporting on the story Sony's DRM is now being used to hide a full blown rookit that will turn your windows boxen into a zombie.