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Windows 7: Cybercriminals Turn to Supply Chain, Infect New Computers with Malware


14 Sep 2012   #1
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Cybercriminals Turn to Supply Chain, Infect New Computers with Malware

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If you think dealing with bloatware on a new OEM system is a pain in the backside, imagine buying a PC only to find out that it's infected with malware...straight from the factory! Apparently that's something PC shoppers need to be worried about these days, according to an investigation conducted by Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit (DCU). The investigation and subsequent sting operation, codenamed "Operation b70," found that several new systems sold in China had malicious software pre-installed.
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Maximum PC | Cybercriminals Turn to Supply Chain, Infect New Computers with Malware

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14 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 
Microsoft finds malware on new computers in China

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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
Microsoft finds malware on new computers in China - Yahoo! News
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15 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It's China, I'm not surprised.
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15 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Couldn't agree more with building your own. It's all good fun anyway, well, except for the spending money part.
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15 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Building your own computer might not be the answer. The parts you buy might just come infected right out of the box. To the best of my memory Intel is looking into installing security in their hardware to fight against such attacks to their hardware.
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15 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just another reason to reformat a pre-built computer as soon as you get it. I did that with my notebook to get rid of the pre-instaled crapware, but never think about viruses among them.

Anyway, buying the parts and building on your own, if you know how, is THE best way of getting a new computer, you get the exact hardware you want and make sure your HD is 100% clean.

BTW, how can the "parts" come preinfected????? Viruses are software, just like any other program!
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15 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

A virus is a program and can be installed in hardware before you ever get the hardware. Hardware doesn't have to have a operating system install in order to install a virus. This might give you some idea of the theory. Its from Intel. It explains a little how Intel is doing things.
Identity protection – Authentication technology built right into the hardware of select 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors protects user identity and online access points
Enhanced Data Protection with Hardware-Assisted Security
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