BBC: Sony has suspended production of its CDs with anti-piracy technology after crackers wrote viruses which used the technology to hide on a computer. Sony used a rootkit (check out Wikipedia) to hide its DRM from people playing the CD. The stated aim of the rootkit was to stop people copying the CD to their harddrives, but as BetaNews reports the research who originally found the rootkit reports that it also "phones home".
In a follow-up report, Russinovich discovered that Sony's DRM "phones home" to Sony's Web site. First 4 Internet responded saying, "No information is ever fed back or collected about the consumer or their activities." But Russinovich notes that, "Sony can make a record of each time their player is used to play a CD, which CD is played, and what computer is playing the CD."
Even Microsoft has decided that supporting DRM at any cost is not worth the damage done to its customers' computers and has announced that its security tools will "seek out and destroy" the rootkit.
But wait, there's more: Digital Copyright Canada has noted that the Homeland Security Office has scolded Sony...
"It's very important to remember that it's your intellectual property -- it's not your computer. And in the pursuit of protection of intellectual property, it's important not to defeat or undermine the security measures that people need to adopt in these days.