As you are hopefully already aware, many of Sony's recents CDs (about 56) contained a special copy protection (rootkit) program that would install itself on your computer without you knowing it. In addition, it later became know that it created a critical security breach exposing your system to attacks. They eventually provided an uninstaller, which has now been found to leave vulnerabilities that are even worse than with the rootkit. Sony is now, in the wake of pending class-action lawsuits and bad press, offering to exchange any of the rootkit infected CDs with a clean CD and even provide MP3 copies of the recordings. It is imperative, if you or anyone that had one of the bad Sony CDs and played them in your computer, that you take the proper steps to remove the rootkit and replace the CDs so it can't happen again. This has infected hundred's of thousands of computers, including servers, if not millions. So it's not just your personal PCs about which you need to be concerned.
Below are links to articles providing more detailed information...
Boing Boing -- see also link at bottom of article for full summary of situation.
Microsoft Announcment -- will provide removal tools in Windows Defender (AntiSpyware) and in their December Windows Update for the Malicious Software Removal Tool.
Sony Exchange Program -- includes list of all effected CD titles.
USA Today -- general article on problem.
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