Sony rootkit concerns resurface with USB drive

  • Foster City (CA) - Sony is the face of a new malware threat that deals with fingerprint-authenticating USB drives.

    According to a report from F-Secure, Sony's MicroVault USM-F fingerprint reading software comes with an infected USB stick.  The software reportedly installs a hidden file on the user's computer and is invisible from certain antivirus scanners.

    It's a mirror case of Sony's huge debacle with Sony BMG Music CDs that prompted users to install malware when the CD was played back on a PC.

    Unlike the Sony BMG case, however, it is believed that Sony did not have malintent with the MicroVault software.  F-Secure says the rootkit placement is likely just a way to make the software more secure.

    The security news site also noted that Sony's MicroVault software available from Sony.net also contains the same problem.

    According to F-Secure, the affected MicroVault software is an older product and has been essentially phased out.

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