So it's "only Germany" right now, but oh gwad. who knows wtf this\nrootkit-like self-hiding process does. Hopefully more light will be\nshed on this and we'll know if having autoplay turned off is enough to\nkeep this crap off a person's computer,\n\n-goro-\n\n[URL]http://www.digitalmediathoughts.com/index.php?action=expand,9780[/URL]\n\nHeise Online is reporting about yet another example of the ever-warming\nrelationship of copy protection and rootkit technologies. The affair\nstarted with the digital rights management system Sony BMG was using to\nprotect audio CD's. Now, we can also confirm (thanks to Rüdiger from\nour German office!) that at least the German DVD release of the movie\n"Mr. & Mrs. Smith" contains a copy protection mechanism which uses\nrootkit-like cloaking technology . The Settec Alpha-DISC copy\nprotection system used on the DVD contains user-mode rootkit-like\nfeatures to hide itself. The system will hide it's own process, but\ndoes not appear to hide any files or registry entries. This makes the\nfeature a bit less dangerous, as anti-virus products will still be able\nto scan all files on the disk. However, as we note in our article on\nrootkits, it's not that uncommon for real malware to only hide their\nprocesses."\n\n\nGood grief! Just when I thought the entertainment industry couldn't\npossibly do anything more to piss off their customers (I should really\nlearn by now, shouldn't I?), the German Mr. & Mrs. Smith DVD release\ncontains copyright protection that installs itself at a low level,\nsimilar to a rootkit (the distinctions are a bit blurry at the moment).\nThis is insane - the people buying the DVD are very likely not the ones\nripping it and uploading it. Most people that are willing to pay for a\nmovie are not the types to rip one and share it with the world. I'm\nalready holding my breath in fear every time I put a new CD in my PC,\nnow I have to do the same thing with my DVDs? Not cool.