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Suspension of Online Film Download Service Highlights Ongoing Threat to Household Computers - The recent suspension of BSkyBís film downloading service highlights concerns that digital rights management software has the potential to be used for malicious purposes, making household computers vulnerable to attack
Suspension of Online Film Download Service Highlights Ongoing Threat to Household Computers

 

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Northampton, United Kingdom, 2006/11/08 - The recent suspension of BSkyBís film downloading service highlights concerns that digital rights management software has the potential to be used for malicious purposes, making household computers vulnerable to attack.

   
 
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Access to digital media for over the Internet has become commonplace in recent years as companies look to sell their content online without the buyer being able to further distribute the work. Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems address this; their main goal is to enable authorised users to access a version of digital content on the terms for which they are authorised whilst preventing all other access to digital content.

In order to play films or songs which contain DRM protection, subscribers are required to install a proprietary media player. The player contains a rootkit as part of an effort to conceal the DRM and prevent its removal. For people who are mostly likely to enjoy a movie on their computer, for example students or business travellers, download services are an attractive proposition.

"However, the implications are quite serious," says Joint Managing Director Jeremy Mears. "Current systems use the same techniques as viruses to embed their software providing a loophole for more malicious software to infect personal computers. It is reasonable to foresee situations occurring where the malicious software automatically connects to a website and allows an attacker to take remote control of the family computer."

In just three short years, use of stealth techniques in malicious software has grown by more than 600 percent. With the ease of deployment and growing popularity of rootkits among malware authors, security experts McAfee predict that, in the coming two to three years, the growth of rootkits for the current Windows architecture will reach an annual rate of at least 650 percent. In context of this larger situation, Movieconnect (movieconnect.co.uk) thinks it is very inappropriate for commercial software to use these techniques, if users arenít explicitly advised of potential threats to their security.

The continuing evolution of stealth technologies and its increasing distribution by commercial software both suggest that the two month suspension of BSkyBís downloads service may not be the last.

 
 
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