Necessary Nausea: That Sony Rootkit Business

You have a Windows box at home. You bought a CD. You put that CD into your Windows box… that one you have at home… maybe just to listen to it, maybe in attempt to rip it, maybe just because it seemed like a good idea.

It’s cool, big fuckin’ deal, right?

Wrong. You’re fucked.

Bruce Schneier has the best explanation of it all, also on Wired.

I’m sick of reading about this monumental fuck-up. Everybody’s used to hearing about Windows vulnerabilities and media companies’ best attempts at digital rights management (DRM), and how they often fail or are otherwise defeated by folk-hero hackers.

But Bruce ol’ boy points out that one thing beyond standard tech-news detritus: collusion.