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2006-09-13

Sony Rootkit Not Dead Yet

Reports indicate the 'rootkit' Sony's music CDs installed if you played their music CDs on your PCs is still causing trouble.

The glitch may cause a computer's CD-ROM drive to be disabled, according to the Texas attorney general's office, which said Wednesday that the problem was discovered by officials who have been testing the XCP copy-protection technology as part of the state's lawsuit against Sony BMG.

State investigators found that if a CD with XCP technology is loaded on a computer running AOL's ``Safety and Security Center'' software, the program's antispyware feature will attempt to delete the XCP components, but often while also disabling the CD-ROM's configuration in the PC's operating system. The same glitch surfaced on computers running CA Inc.'s PestPatrol separately from AOL, the state said.