November 12, 2007

A Plot To Divert Attention From Their Toys

Via Slashdot;

About 1,800 brand new 300-GB or 500-GB external hard drives made for Maxtor in Thailand were found to have trojan horse malwares pre-installed (autorun.inf and ghost.pif). When the HD is in use, these forward information on the disk to two websites in Beijing, China: or The article implies that authorities believe the Chinese government is behind the trojans. A later article pins down the point of infection to a subcontractor company in China. A couple of months back the Register was reporting on pre-installed malware detected on Maxtor disks sold in the Netherlands. This earlier report was downplayed by a Seagate spokesman."

Posted by Kate at November 12, 2007 2:37 PM

Easy fix, buy Western Digital. I do. ~:D

Posted by: The Phantom at November 12, 2007 4:25 PM

I guess Google was not helping them enough catching bloggers and puting them in jails...

Posted by: Friend of USA at November 12, 2007 5:03 PM

"Easy fix, buy Western Digital. I do. ~:D:

Celestica, Sanmena, Solectron manufacured.

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at November 12, 2007 6:15 PM

Needless to say, I don't have that problem on
my home office IBM 350:

Posted by: Vitruvius at November 12, 2007 6:48 PM

Why haven't I heard about this on the CBC????

Posted by: strider at November 12, 2007 9:31 PM

Posted by: BillyHW at November 12, 2007 11:36 PM

First why would Thailand install malware for China.
Second don't people format new drives before using them.

The reason I ask is that I have lived in China since 2003 and bought 2 Maxtor 300Gb drives and never had or seen this problem.

Posted by: Pissedoff at November 12, 2007 11:55 PM

And this dont make the front pages of the usial birdcage liners like the NYTs AND DONT YOU EVER CONSITER PUTTING IT IN MY CAGE OR I,LL GET VIOLENT SQUAWK SQUAWK

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at November 13, 2007 12:20 AM

P'd off, external drives come pre-formatted. Plug it in and Windoze will auto exec whatever's on it.

Internal drives generally have to be formatted before they can be used.

Posted by: Mississauga Matt at November 13, 2007 9:21 AM

The Lone Ranger: : "Why don't they build hard drives in Canada?"
Tonto: "They can build them much cheaper in Thailand."
Tonto: "Ya, but even if a hard drive cost $10.00-20.00 more to build here in Canada, wouldn't the fallout from the income tax that is collected from the workers who are employed at 'CBM Hard Drive Co. Ltd' in Saskatoon Sask create more wealth, and more jobs?"
Lone Ranger: "Ya, but that's not what they taught us in Economics at the U of S."
Tonto: "Don't you remember a time when telephones, TVs, cars and fly swatters were all 'Made in canada'?"
Lone Ranger: "You know, you might be right. God, you're wise for a farmer."
Tonto: "Why would you think I'm a farmer?"
Lone Ranger: "Cause you know a lot about "growth."
Tonto: "Actually, I'm a 'Native Cowboy.' I drove the cattle trails from Texas to Saskatchewan. That's how I know so much about 'hard drives,' Gotta go Chemo-Savy."
Lone Ranger: "That's "Kemosabe you idiot. Hi-yo Silver....."

Posted by: Johnny Jesus at November 13, 2007 10:58 AM

If only a Canuck hard drive was only $10.00 more...

Posted by: Texas Canuck at November 13, 2007 2:52 PM