Information Week: security industry not doing its job

I have a big backlog of posts from the weekend and will try to push them through quickly. First up, InformationWeek, who say that the Sony case suggests that the security industry was caught napping:

“[For] at least for seven months, Sony BMG Music CD buyers have been installing rootkits on their PCs. Why then did no security software vendor detect a problem and alert customers?” asked Joe Wilcox, an analyst with JupiterResearch.

“Where the failure is, that’s the question mark. Is it an indictment of how consumers view security software, that they have a sense of false protection, even when they don’t update their anti-virus and anti-spyware software?

“Or is it in how data is collected by security companies and how they’re analyzing to catch trends?”

Both of those possibilities are more charitable, and arguably more realistic, than Wired’s speculation that the antivirus vendors are in bed with the DRM makers. My speculation is that it’s a combination of the causes mentioned by Wilcox, together with another one: DRM fatigue.

Those of us in the blogosphere who cover DRM issues and other anti-consumer behavior were, I think, a little worn out by one DRM story after another, until the sheer outrageousness of Sony BMG’s mess woke us up.

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