Over at Sysinternals, Mark posts “Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far.” [Update: If that doesn’t work, try Sysinternals Blog; when I checked, it was the first post.] If you’re at all technical, read it closely. If you’re not, you should at least skim it. The story is that Mark (who knows more about Windows internals than many people at Microsoft) finds evil software on his hard drive, and it turns out that Sony put it there. As you read, look at chunks like:
A look at the Services tab of its process propertieds dialog showed it contains a service named “Plug and Play Device Manager”, which is obviously an attempt to mislead the casual user that stumbles across it in the Services MMC snapin (services.msc) into thinking that it’s a core part of Windows.
Ask yourself, is this the way you want someone to be treating you? Is this the way you want to be treated, as a Sony customer?
Also, how could I have missed “Use Sony DRM, Format Your Hard Drive?”