I first mentioned Sony’s nefarious little rootkit in November.
Now the case has reached a settlement (from El Reg):
Federal courts have decided the penalty Sony BMG must suffer for exposing thousands of music fans’ computers to hackers with dodgy DRM software last year. District court judge Naomi Reice Buchwald granted final approval for a settlement yesterday.
Consumers will receive new malware and vulnerability-free CDs, a patch to remove the offending XCP or MediaMax code, and Sony will be dishing out free downloads.
By the way, if you or anyone you know had trouble with this software, follow the link to the story; it contains links about how to file a claim.