Texas sues Sony BMG for 'spyware' on CDs
Nov 21 2:32 PM US/Eastern

The state of Texas sued Sony BMG, alleging that the company
"surreptitiously" installed spyware on personal computers through music CDs
with a copy protection program.

"Sony has engaged in a technological version of cloak and dagger deceit
against consumers by hiding secret files on their computers," said Texas
Attorney General Greg Abbott in a statement after suing under the state's
anti-spyware law.

"Consumers who purchased a Sony CD thought they were buying music. Instead,
they received spyware that can damage a computer, subject it to viruses and
expose the consumer to possible identity crime."

Sony BMG, one of the world's biggest music companies, said last week it was
ending the use of the software provided by a third-party vendor and allowing
consumers who purchased CDs to exchange them for similar items without the

The joint venture of Japan's Sony and German-based BMG recalled the CDs
after a firestorm of protests and the threat of legal action over its use of
the so-called XCP copy protection software.

Experts say that when one of the CDs is inserted into a PC, the
copy-protection software can modify computer settings and expose computers
to a variety of malicious software programs.

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