AG on Sony Spyware: 'Cloak-and-Dagger Deceit'
CDs contained program designed to limit unlimited copying, but Abbott alleges danger of identity theft
Sony BMG says the program is designed only to prevent unlimited copying, and is otherwise dormant. The AG's investigation, however, revealed that the program remains active at all times, "prompting concerns about its true purpose," Abbott said in a press release. "Consumers who purchased a Sony CD thought they were buying music," he said. "Instead, they received spyware that can damage a computer and expose the consumer to possible identity crimes."
Although Sony says it has recalled the affected CDs, Abbott said that AG investigators were able to buy the infected discs at Austin retail stores as recently as Nov. 20. Abbott's suit seeks $100,000 for each violation of state law, along with attorney fees and investigative costs. For more information, go to www.oag.state.tx.us.