Friday, August 24, 2007

Sony Up To It's Old Tricks: BioShock Installs Rootkit, Including Demo

Via Gaming Bob.

2K Games recently issued at statement addressing the DRM protection and widescreen problems for the BioShock PC game. In the statement 2K reveals a change in number of activations available with each copy of BioShock. Consumers are now allowed to activate their copy of BioShock a total of five times via the SecuROM network. Problems have already surfaced on the third-party severs preventing users from activating their copy of the game.

What 2K has failed to address is the the SecuROM rootkit installed on your computer when installing BioShock, which is also included in the demo. The term rootkit is used to describe the mechanisms and techniques whereby malware, including viruses, spyware, and trojans, attempt to hide their presence from spyware blockers, antivirus, and system management utilities.

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3 Comments:

At Sat Aug 25, 07:39:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Paul M. said...

This is FUD. Gaming Dork, er, Bob, retracted his rootkit comments:

"*REFERENCES TO ROOTKIT HAVE BEEN REMOVED, FURTHER INVESTIGATION HAS REVEALED A MISUNDERSTANDING IN THE THE SECUROM SERVICE"

 
At Fri Aug 31, 09:48:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sony (proven in court criminal) and 2k games are openly criminal companies that try to infect your computer with illegal DRM and Rootkit. Don't buy this game (any version). But make sure to get it at the useal place. Let make this game the most widely available software on the net and prove to criminal company like Sony and 2k Game that DRM is not the solution, is a waster of money and most of all IT DOES NOT WORK. How many drm failure does it take for company guilty of massive rootkit infection (Sony) to understant that... i was planning of buy that game this week-end... guess what? i won't and will never buy any 2k game ever in my life

 
At Mon Oct 29, 04:58:00 PM PDT, Blogger AhmNee said...

It may not specifically be a rootkit but it does install files and registry entries that are not removed by the uninstaller. As much as I loved the game, that alone would have been enough for me to have not purchased it had I known.

 

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