Sony admits to Microvault rootkit problem

Written by Phil Cogar

September 4, 2007 // 4:26 a.m.

Tags: #microvault #rootkit #security #sony

Last week, we told you about Sony's latest fiasco with rootkits. The issue at hand was concerning the fact that the company's Microvault USB thumb drives used a rootkit type of method to hide the fingerprint identification files that kept your important data securely locked up. Well, now the company is admitting that that method probably wasn't the best idea in the world.

Sony is currently conducting an internal investigation into the matter and a fix should be available later this month. In the meantime however, blame is being pointed to a third-party, unnamed, software developer that developed the application to securely store the fingerprint information.

"While relatively small numbers of these models were sold, we are taking the matter seriously and conducting an internal investigation. No customers have reported problems related to (this) situation to date," a Sony spokesperson said.

And they're right. Only a small margin of people are affected by this and the Microvault has been discontinued but that doesn't help to take some of the tarnish off of the Sony image. The first time this happened, it caused a major stir in the community that resulted in lawsuits and recalls.

This one hasn't caused as big of a stir, but it still adds fuel to the anti-Sony fire. Keep in mind that this was done with good intentions, although it is highly unlikely that it was the best method in doing so.

Where does Sony stand with you? Tell us your thoughts on this whole debacle over in the forums or in the comments section below.

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