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    Monday, January 07, 2008

    China LEAD toys and malware.

    Digital Hitchhikers Part Three
    Published: 2008-01-07,
    Last Updated: 2008-01-07 03:43:21 UTC
    by Marcus Sachs (Version: 1)

    Back on Christmas Day we published a diary about digital picture frames being purchased with malware installed on the built-in memory. Last Friday we did a follow-up diary after two more readers wrote to tell us that they also purchased malware-infected photo frames. In the second diary we asked readers to check any recently purchased devices that connect to a user's computer via a USB cable and appear to the operating system as a mounted drive. In years past this would have been limited to iPods and USB memory sticks but now it includes digital photo frames, GPS devices, external hard drives, and of course digital cameras.

    Several readers wrote back with their findings and here's what they told us.

    An reader who asked to remain anonymous said:

    I got bought a set of MP3 playing sunglasses for Christmas that came with an extra gift, infection, AVG called it PSW.OnlineGames. It was a hidden .scr file with a hidden Autorun.inf file .. Can't remember the name of the file or who sold it off-hand though since I'm not near my Inbox..

    I got in contact with the company that sold the device and they responded and investigated very quickly.. Seems something went wrong in China during Quality Control checks..MALWARE...

    China give and gives.
    More on chinas asymmetrical warfare.


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