Sony to issue fix to solve memory stick hack threat


Sony to issue fix to solve memory stick hack threat

Antony Savvas

Sony has confirmed and promised a fix for a reported security flaw in a range of its memory sticks.

The flaw, similar to the problem which left customers of its CD music open to attack on their PCs from remote hackers, was discovered by security software firm F-Secure.

The memory sticks in question use biometric fingerprint technology to allow users to gain access to their data, but software included with the products potentially opens a "root kit" or back door to hackers which cannot be detected by PC security software.

The Sony software in question is said to have been coded by third party developers in China. Sony said it would introduce a fix for the problem by the middle of this month.

The flaw affects three models of the Sony MicroVault USB sticks with fingerprint readers, which are now no longer manufactured but which are still available to buy in the channel.

The 2005 CD music problem led to Sony having to pay out damages to affected users.

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