Unless you've been living under a rock, you know about the whole scandal with the Sony CDs that are infected with some very unpleasant code that gets run and changes the way your system works and hooks in at very deep levels to hide itself. The fact that they stopped production of the CDs ten days after it was revealed what they were doing is good. But the fact that it happened at all is unforgivable.
There's absolutely no excuse. They can't say they didn't know what the CDs did; they had to have tested them out and asked plenty of technical questions if they were buying the technology. And there's no way that they can say that the code that gets wrong isn't harmful and just plain wrong. It's disgusting, and as unlikely as I usually am to participate in any sort of pointless boycott against a corporation, the chances of me purchasing another Sony electronics product anytime soon are now extremely low. They've lost any trust they might have had with me, and their name and image mean nothing but bad things now.
No, the motives behind this had to have been just evil. I'm normally one to give the benefit of the doubt, but not this time. They've specifically chosen a technology that hides itself. It's clearly malicious, it's clearly subversive, and it's absolutely shameful. I hope the lawsuits against them succeed, not out of spite, but just because it's nice to see the guilty punished, and hopefully it will make others think twice about doing something so incredibly stupid. Enron and its buddies mostly gave the middle finger to their investors, which was bad enough, but what Sony has done is attack its customers. To me, this is far more unacceptable than record companies suing file sharers, because those people are doing something illegal and I feel they—with a few exceptions—deserve to pay for what they've done. Sony's customers didn't deserve how they've been screwed over.
I'm glad that Microsoft has had the balls to stand up to Sony and commit to removing their DRM code through Windows Update. I honestly didn't think they would further hurt their relationship with another big, important corporation like Sony, and rather stand to the side and let things play out.