Score one (sorta) for the consumer is reporting two pieces of good news on the Sony rootkit copy protection scheme from Hell story:

Sony has decided that making its customer’s computers vulnerable to compromise is a Bad Thing and is going to stop production of music CDs using the rootkit approach to copy protection.

Microsoft has decided that Sony’s ill-considered scheme is a danger to the integrity of the Windows OS and is going to wipe it via the Windows Antispyware product.

I’d say that this shows two things. First, Sony, as large a corporation as it is, is vulnerable to pressure. Second, Microsoft actually does seem to be taking the security of the Windows OS seriously. Both of these fall into the good news category.

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