Originally Posted by Minusorange
Isn't this illegal though fair enough if it asks for you consesnt to install the starforce when you install the game but when it just installs it automatically without your knowledge isn't it classed as basically hacking ?
It will be buried somewhere in the license agreement that you agree to install the software and, likely, not to hold the publisher liable for any damage done to your PC as a result of the software. (No one ever reads that stuff, right? We all just click "Yes, I agree, start the darn game already!") That's standard language, and I'm usually okay with that when what is installed is all out in the open. Rootkits, by design, hide themselves; and I consider using a rootkit in this way to be a violation of trust, legal or not.
I hope someone gets sued to the point of bankruptcy for this nonsense. I hope Sony
gets sued for it. It a huge company like Sony is taken to task and financially penalized (i.e. more than just the PR slap on the wrist that they have received so far), then more moderate sized companies will think very hard about pulling this kind of stunt in the future.