Several days ago David Goldsmith posted a diary concerning a digital photo frame that came with a value added feature. Since then, two more readers have sent us notes concerning malware on digital photo frames that were purchased or received as Christmas presents last week. We've been in contact with the security team of the retail store chain where they were purchased as well as the product vendor and both swear that no malware is on the units they are selling.
So, dear readers, here is your first project for the New Year. If you either purchased or were given a digital photo frame, GPS unit for your car, external hard drive, or any other device that connects to your computer via a USB cable and appears to your operating system as one or more mounted drives, please let us know via our contact form if you experienced any suspicious behavior that smells like malware. To give you an idea of what we are talking about, here are edited excerpts from the three notes we have received so far:
By the way, I also received a digital photo frame for Christmas but have not had any problems with it other than the resolution totally sucks. But that's a subject of another diary some day. The GPS unit I bought in November mounts as a drive letter in Windows but it too had no malware on it. We are pretty certain that this is not a wide-spread problem but we need to know if others have experienced anything like this. Please use our contact form to report any observed malware-like behavior in any of these external devices you recently purchased or received as gifts. Please be sure to include information about the model name, where you bought it, and if you've been in contact with the store or product vendor. We'll provide a summary in a few days with details on what was reported.
Many thanks to readers Edd, Larry, and Rick for bringing this issue to our attention.
Marcus H. Sachs
Jan 4th 2008
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Jan 4th 2008
1 decade ago