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m&a-touchThere’s one computer in my house that I’m not allowed to touch, lest I tweak something that unleashes some kind of quirky Microsoft misbehavior. So I admit to a touch of schadenfreude at news that Kaspersky Labs found malware on a brand new, untouched, virgin, Windows XP netbook.

Kaspersky’s senior antivirus researcher Roel Schouwenberg discovered the malware had been acquired at the factory during the standard installation of software updates and drivers. Schouwenberg dug further and found a variant of the AutoRun worm along with a rootkit and a log-in credential harvester that had been spread via the USB stick M&A Technology used for this installation process on its Companion Touch netbooks (pictured – note the lack of optical drive).

(Title lyrics from Metallica.)

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Written by chris

May 24, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Posted in Hardware

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