Samsung digital picture frame CD infected by virus
You've been iframed
Christmas gifts of Samsung Digital Picture frames could come with the unwelcome gift of malware, Amazon has warned.
The online retailer cautioned that versions of Samsung's SPF-85H 8-Inch digital photo frame product came with an installer disc contaminated with the Sality worm. The disc is needed to use the kit as a USB monitor on windows XP machines. Users who instal the software are liable to find themselves infected with a strain of malware that includes keylogging functionality.
Amazon has published an advisory explaining how to clean infected systems. It's likely that the root cause of the infection was the use of an infected machine to burn the offending discs, if previous incidents are any guide.
Consumer kit containing malware is a rare but far from unprecedented problem. Previous incidents have included Trojans on GPS navigation devices, viruses on MP3 players distributed by McDonalds and iPods harbouring worms, Trend Micro notes. ®
Not just them...
"...until large class-action lawsuit against one of these companies results in a multi-million dollar settlement."
Think some should fly MS's way too. After all, it WAS their poor judgment that made Windows behave in that dumbfscked way from the start....
And yes, quite easy to turn off, and lock down to "off state forever". Been in my "Post install ToDo's" list ever since it existed....
Nothing new here
Many years ago I bought an Epson computer that had all sorts of issues. Digging around I found it came pre installed with a boot sector virus. Several calls to Epson later finally revealed someone who would admit to the problem. Their solution was to send out free copies of what ever the latest and greatest anti virus software was at the time. They also helpfully revealed that someone had gotten their Imaging server infected with said virus. The moral of the story being, be careful and make at least a tertiary scan of anything you install on your computer.
Never Mind the CD
I got my wife and two Step daughters digital frames this year, when I went to preload their inbuilt flash memory Ubuntu tells me that there is an executable trying to autorun, I check it out and it turns out to be CN911.exe, present on all three. CN911.exe is a trojan with backdoor capabilities. Made in China, the frames are marketed under the Tao name in the US, I wonder how many zombies have been harvested this christmas.
Paris cos she knows all about back doors.