Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
Thu Feb 16, 7:00 PM ET
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA-- A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official warned today that if software distributors continue to sell products with dangerous rootkit software, as Sony BMG Music Entertainment recently did, legislation or regulation could follow.
"We need to think about how that situation could have been avoided in the first place," said Jonathan Frenkel, director of law enforcement policy with the DHS's Border and Transportation Security Directorate, who was speaking at the RSA Conference 2006 here. "Legislation or regulation may not be appropriate in all cases, but it may be warranted in some circumstances."
Last year Sony began distributing XCP (Extended Copy Protection) software in some of its products. This digital rights management software, which used rootkit cloaking techniques normally employed by hackers, was later found to be a security risk, and Sony was forced to recall millions of its CDs.