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Malware Alert: BioShock Installs a Rootkit on PC

An anonymous reader writes at Slashdot:

"Sony (the owner of SecureROM copy protection) is still up to its old tricks. One would think that they would have learned their lesson after the music CD DRM fiasco, which cost them millions. However, they have now started infesting PC gaming with their invasive DRM. Facts have surfaced that show that the recently released PC game BioShock installs a rootkit, which embeds itself into Explorer, as part of its SecureROM copy-protection scheme. Not only that, but just installing the demo infects your system with the rootkit. This begs the question: Since when did demos need copy protection?"

If you have installed BioShock on your PC, then you will want to follow the alternate link to use Microsoft's Rootkit Revealer to check your PC for malware infection.

Update:

The 2nd Alternate Source ("BioShock Demo Installs SecuROM Service" at GamingBOB.com) has issued a retraction, claiming that SecuRom does not install a rootkit.

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Like a shadow I am3440d ago (Edited 3440d ago )

Sony installs a rootkit on Microsoft's Windows via the number-one Microsoft's exclusive game.

In before all hell breaks loose.

snoop_dizzle3440d ago (Edited 3440d ago )

connect the idea that since there was the sony rootkit thing on the disk, this must mean that its coming to the PS3, since something from sony is on the bioshock disk.

im kidding of course.

But yeah in all seriousness, this isn't good.

snoop_dizzle3440d ago

after the previous incident, or was that just pertaining to music cds?

i guess so.

Bordel_19003440d ago (Edited 3440d ago )

An anonymous reader writes at Slashdot:

"Sony (the owner of SecureROM copy protection) is still up to its old tricks. One would think that they would have learned their lesson after the music CD DRM fiasco, which cost them millions. However, they have now started infesting PC gaming with their invasive DRM. Facts have surfaced that show that the recently released PC game BioShock installs a rootkit, which embeds itself into Explorer, as part of its SecureROM copy-protection scheme. Not only that, but just installing the demo infects your system with the rootkit. This begs the question: Since when did demos need copy protection?"

And what the hell does Sony have to do whith this?? This article is written by an anonymous confused fanboy. So he's saying Sony snuck inn copy-protection on the Bioshock DVD and in the demo?

AllroundGamer3440d ago

great point, it's a deveoper/distributor decision which protection the game will have... but Sony is the baaad guy :)

xfrgtr3440d ago (Edited 3440d ago )

If Sony came up with the technology, and then the other guys decided to license it and use it, does this mean Sony had much to do with it? Nope. http://www.2kgames.com/cult...
"A "rootkit" can be described as software or a set of software tools intended to conceal running processes, files or system data from the operating system and which can open ports to allow remote access to the system...

SecuROM DOES NOT USE any root kit technology in its implementation.

Like a shadow I am3440d ago

2K most likely does not know SecureROM would install a rootkit.

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