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Re: Microsoft Disrupts the Emerging Nitol Botnet ...
Pre-Installed Malware Straight Out The Box
quote:CBC Canada reports
Ingenious hackers have opened up a new frontline in their battle against software companies, audaciously infecting a number of computers with malware at a time and place when they should be at their most secure on the factory production line.
The startling discovery comes from a new Microsoft study, PDF which revealed that a number of PCs were found to be carrying malware that was believed to have been installed before they even left the factory.
Computers being infected with viruses, counterfeit software before they arrive at stores, lawsuit documents say.
A customer in Shenzhen, China, took a new laptop out of its box and booted it up for the first time. But as the screen lit up, the computer began taking on a life of its own. The machine, triggered by a virus hidden in its hard drive, began searching across the internet for another computer.
The shopper in this case was part of a team of Microsoft researchers in China investigating the sale of counterfeit software. They received a sudden introduction to malware called Nitol.