Good Morning Silicon Valley: Let's see -- Secret installation? Check. Hidden changes? Check. Security breach? Check. Dangerous uninstall? Check. Now what was ... oh, yeah. Stolen code? Check.Emphases mine.
...Looks like Sony's little sojourn to the ninth circle of PR hell isn't quite over yet. A pair of programmers who disassembled Sony's now infamous rootkit Digital Rights Management scheme, have found code that appears to have been plagiarized from VideoLAN, an open source media player distributed under the GNU General Public License. Worse, the code in question was written by "DVD" Jon Lech Johansen, author of a number of DRM-busting programs.
My God, what a fiasco...
It truly beggars belief. SONY may yet rival the stark raving incompetence of the Bush administration. I can't believe the CEO of SONY Music is still employed; in the SONY of the 1960s he would have died an honorable self-inflicted death by now. How are they ever going to keep track of all the lawsuits pouring in?