If you’re a Beastie Boy’s fan you may want to think twice before trying to play their new CD on your PC or Macintosh. According to an entry on the SecurityFocus BugTraq archive at least:
Well I truly regret actually purchasing a copy of the new Beastie Boys album to support them.
It seems that Capitol Records has some sort of new copy protection system, that automatically, silently, installs “helpful” copy protection software on MacOS and Windows as soon as you insert the CD into default systems. I’m not sure exactly what it does yet, but I am sure regreting actually purchasing said media now… they don’t deserve my money if they choose to pull stupid stunts like this. Installing software without your permission sounds like viral malware behaviour to me. I certainly hope the AV companies
put signatures into their products for this crap.
They include some sort of uninstaller buried on there for Windows, but I see no such thing for MacOS. If anyone has disassembled the aforementioned malware already and can save us some time with instructions on how to remove it… thanks in advance.
The BB message forums have already started to see some postings from pissed off fans, though the group they should really be targeting is Capitol Records.