After reading more about the XCP DRM Software, a.k.a. The Sony Root Kit, today, I realized I’m the lucky owner of a CD with the software: Switchfoot’s “Nothing is Sound”. I have installed the player on the CD, I only put the CD in my PC to rip it. Which proves that the copy protection measures didn’t work very well.
Anyway, I decided to check how Sony BMG handles this little crisis, so I sent them this mail through their support site:
Dear Sony BMG,
Reading news on the internet today, I came across several articles mentioning that installing the player software found on your audio CDs will also install a so called Root Kit. The Root Kit compromises the security of my PC, making it possible for malware to hide on my computer, undetectable for anti-malware software.
The article also mentions that removing the Root Kit can result in an inaccessible CD drive, which is not a good thing since I tend to use my CD drive a lot. For instance for listening to Sony BMG artists.
How do I safely remove the Root Kit from my computer?
And why should I trust Sony BMG and continue to buy Sony BMG CDs after you secretly install malware on my computer?
So far, all I’ve got is an automated response.