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Sony halts production of 'rootkit' CDs

After lots of controversy about their rootkit music cds Sony announced today that it will halt the production of rootkit music cds. It seems that consumer and media backlash finally paid off.

First Trojan using Sony DRM spotted

The first trojan using Sony´s rootkit software to hide itself has been discovered by anti-virus companies.

Sony and the rootkit, the story continues

The news spread like fire last week: Sony has a installer on some of their music cd´s that might install a rootkit on customers pc´s if they put them into their personal computer. The rootkit software could not be uninstalled by normal means and has already been used by hackers to hide World of Warcraft cheat scripts from being detected by Blizzards Warden client.

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Prevent data loss of CDs and DVDs

Cd´s and Dvd´s have the nasty habit to become unreadable due to data loss or aging at the very moment when one needs them most. Dvdisaster creates error correction codes to compensate read errors which are not correctable in the CD/DVD drive.

Securely wipe hard disks

If you ever sold or bought a used hard disk you probably know about this already. For all others, even if you use delete and format to clear the hard disk before selling it there are possibilities to recover most and possibly all data that was once on the hard disk.

There have been numerous cases in the news where people bought used hard disk and found confidential files on them using tools to recover deleted data. Enter Darik's Boot and Nuke.

Rapid leech

Rapid leech is a fine server script that is able to download files from sites like rapidshare using a server instead of your home connection which speeds up the download process. You need of course a server to install the script and run it from there.

Freeware Picostick

Picostick is only 6K in size, making it one of the smallest windows applications ever. It is a small post-it-note utility in your Windows(tm) taskbar icon tray. It is easy to use, come with striking color, and will not clutter your computer screen at all.

Freeware Cd Dvd Burner SilentNight Micro Burner

This one is pretty useful, its called SilentNight Micro CD/DVD/ISO/AUDIO Burner. The tool is just above 1 Mb in size and fits easily on and can be run from a single floppy disk. There is no installation required, just unpack and run the tool, makes it ideal for mobile usage as well.

GIMP Image Manipulation Program

If you ever had the problem that you needed a good graphics suite and always thought the Adobe Photoshop line of products was far to expensive then GIMP might be the right software for your. The biggest advantage, its completely free, you don´t pay a dime for it.

Universal Music Group Music Cds may also install rootkits

And another player joins the rangs of the companies that might install spyware with their Music Cds when you put them into your pc drives. "Fontana Distribution, part of Universal Music Group and distributors for Upstairs Records Inc., are encouraging the independent records labels they distribute to use content protection on their CDs. "Twelve Eighteen", featuring the hit song "Summer Nights", carries the same content protection currently being used by Sony BMG.

John Lopez of Upstairs Records commented: "we are very pleased with the seamless production of the album. The media player on the CD has a good user experience and we intend using the technology on more new releases."

Freeware MyPlanetSoft Anti-Keylogger

Most banks in Europe offer a new service on their internet pages. When a user has to enter his login data he has the option to enter the password using a keypad that is displayed on the screen using a java applet. The user then clicks on the numbers and they appear in the password field. This is done to prevent the keylogging of the password.

The Anti-Keylogger does the same thing, only difference is, that its a tool that is started like every other windows program. After the tool is started you simply use the displayed keys to enter your passwords or other data on websites or even local programs.

Sony music cds might install spyware on your system

A few minutes ago I read a news article written by Brian Krebs who described how some Sony Music Cds try to install a software on pcs that could be labeled as spyware.

It seems that we have reached a new level in the fight between the record companies and its consumers. If you put a music cd in question into your drive a installer will popup. If you agree to install the software you won´t find a uninstall feature anywhere on your pc.

Apparently all Music Cds labeled "Content enhanced & protected" have the installer on the CD, make sure you check this before you buy a cd you would want to hear using your pc.

Convert a Recovery CD to working Windows Install CD

The guys at neowin.net posted an article on how to find out if a recovery cd is in fact a normal windows xp version labeled recovery version.

The process involves a total of eleven steps, starting with the creation of the cd structure and the movement of the files needed to later burn them to a new cd.

NSA Operating System Guides

The National Security Agency offers Operating System Guides on their websites. These guides are currently being used throughout the government and by numerous entities as a security baseline their systems.

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Process Patrol

Process Patrol allows you to manage the Windows processes on your computer. You can set stop lists for spyware, adware, and virus programs that will be automatically killed. Program files are renamed to prevent restarts.

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