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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. ®

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