HP Admits to Selling Infected Flash-Floppy Drives

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| Hewlett-Packard has been selling USB-based hybrid flash-floppy drives that
| were pre-infected with malware, the company said last week in a security
| bulletin.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,14...1/article.html

Quote for the day:

"Windows 98 without Internet Explorer 4 is a working operation system and
Internet Explorer 4.0 is not an vital part of Windows 98."

* * * * * * * * --Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols


Recent:

The France Shift From No to Abstain -- HP helped Microsoft France do it

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| Here's the scoop from Les Echos.fr on France's sudden change from its No vote
| to Abstain. Microsoft France's President Eric Boustouller sent AFNOR a *
| letter [PDF] in French, of course. He tells a tale about OOXML and ODF
| progressing side by side and how if OOXML is approved, a group will be
| working hard to make the two more interoperable. Attached was a an HP
| statement of support for OOXML. HP sings the same song. And AFNOR? * *
|
| [...]
|
| Could it be any more cynical? So, now we know that HP is not supportive of
| Linux and FOSS as we thought. Knock me over with a feather. So, they got them
| to change on the basis of promises for the future. I'm sure there's more to
| the story, of course. *
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http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...80331212042460


Related:

Microsoft dirty tricks, part two

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| So the outside vendor was Hewlett-Packard, one of Microsoft's hardware OEMs,
| which is to say Microsoft's bitch.
|
| The tape disappearance was blamed on HP, which *accepted the blame,
| and the employees directly involved kept expecting there to be
| repurcussions, especially legal ones. *They expected to be deposed by
| Burst lawyers. *But it never happened.
|
| This was, for Microsoft, a perfect ending.
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http://www.technologyevangelist.com/...ty_tric_4.html


Microsoft, HP expand business alliance

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| A new deal announced Wednesday calls for, among other things, more HP
| workers to be trained to sell Microsoft products.
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http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-6143540.html


French consumer protectionists are demanding PCs without preinstalled
software

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| The consumer protectionists of the French organization UFC-Que Choisir
| are demanding of the IT group Hewlett-Packard and the vendors Auchan
| and Darty that they offer PCs without preinstalled software.
|
| [...]
|
| UFC-Que Choisir last year also took action against Sony and Apple,
| taking the two companies to court for allegedly putting their
| customers at a disadvantage through proprietary DRM technologies
| and curtailing their choice of devices.
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http://www.heise.de/english/newstick...605/from/rss09


E-mail: Microsoft 'botched' dealings with Intel, HP

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| Internal Microsoft e-mails revealed through a federal class-action lawsuit
| arising from the troubled launch last year of the Windows Vista operating
| system have provided a provocative inside look at the software giant's
| machinations with Intel, HP and Dell. *
|
| The e-mails include an exchange in which one senior Microsoft executive
| described dealings with computer makers as "really botched." Another manager
| complained Microsoft was "caving to Intel" and "really burning HP." *
|
| The e-mails are included in 145 pages of documents unsealed by U.S. District
| Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle late Wednesday. They include internal
| reports and some handwritten notes that offer a rare look inside at the
| famed "Wintel" partnership, and touch upon the alliance's dealings with
| Hewlett-Packard, Dell and other computer makers. * *
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http://origin.mercurynews.com/busine...nclick_check=1


USB flash drive worm arrives

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| The LiarVB-A worm hunts for removable drives such as floppy disks and
| USB memory sticks and then creates a hidden file called autorun.inf to
| ensure a copy of the worm is run the next time it is connected to a
| Windows PC.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=40454


Hackers debut malware loaded USB ruse

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| Malware purveyors deliberately left USB sticks loaded with a Trojan
| in a London car park in a bid to trick users into getting infected.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/25/usb_malware/


Security Experts Warn of a Worm Creeping into PCs Via USB Ports

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| Security Experts at MicroWorld Technologies has warned of increased
| occurrences of a Worm with Trojan potentials, which has been
| infecting Enterprise systems and home PCs for the past two weeks.
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http://www.spywarehunter.org/entry/s...via-usb-ports/


Spyware infection prompts McDonalds MP3 recall

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| Users who connected the McDonalds-branded MP3 player to their
| Windows PC were exposed to spyware code programmed to transmit
| their web passwords and other sensitive information to hackers.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10...re_mp3_recall/


Some viruses come pre-installed

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| From iPods to navigation systems, some of today's hottest gadgets are landing
| on store shelves with some unwanted extras from the factory — pre-installed
| viruses that steal passwords, open doors for hackers and make computers spew
| spam. *
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080313/...talled_viruses


Small Number of Video iPods Shipped With Windows Virus

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| We recently discovered that a small number - less
| than 1% - of the Video iPods available for purchase
| after September 12, 2006, left our contract manufacturer
| carrying the Windows RavMonE.exe virus. This known
| virus affects only Windows computers...
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http://www.apple.com/support/windowsvirus/


Apple blames Windows for iPod virus

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| "As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy
| against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not
| catching it," they wrote.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/bizj/061017/1361931.html?.v=1


Some viruses come pre-installed

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| From iPods to navigation systems, some of today's hottest gadgets are landing
| on store shelves with some unwanted extras from the factory — pre-installed
| viruses that steal passwords, open doors for hackers and make computers spew
| spam. *
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080313/...talled_viruses


Adware slips between pages of e-book

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| The infection appears to be the imgInSOY worm, which copies itself between
| removable media and uses autorun.inf to infect any Windows system it comes
| across. In addition to copying itself onto any more removable devices the
| worm operates as adware.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/31/iliad_adware/