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WoW hacked using Sony rootkit

by Nikola Strahija on November 4th, 2005 Sony BMG's content protection software can make tools made for cheating in the online world impossible to detect. The software - named a "rootkit" by many security experts - is shipped with thousands of the record company's music titles.


Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of World of Warcraft, has created a controversial program, named Warden, that detects cheaters by scanning the processes that are running at the time the game is played.

It seems like Warden cannot detect any files that are hidden with Sony BMG's content protection, which only requires that the hacker add the prefix "$sys$" to file names.

Sony BMG and First 4 Internet, the maker of the content protection technology, published the patch on Wednesday to amend its copy protection software's behaviour. Both companies have disputed claims that their system could harm the security of a Windows system.


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