14th November 2007

Seagate shipped a batch of Maxtor hard drives with Trojan Horse

posted by Eric C. in Drives/Media, Hardware |

Seagate found recently that some of their Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 hard drives had left a contract manufacturer in China with a Trojan horse on the drives. The Trojan appears to automatically be installed via an autorun script, so all you have to do is plug the drive in to become infected. Seagate says that the only data that the Trojan sends to the Chinese websites are game related passwords. It’s being reported that about 1800 drives were affected, having 300 already been sold before they could be pulled off of shelves. So if you’ve recently purchased a Maxtor 500GB external hard drive, make sure to scan all your hard drives. Seagate is going to post a 60-day trial version of Kaspersky Labs’ antivirus for people who don’t have any antivirus already installed. Seagate stressed that “The drives leaving the facility are [now] clean,” and that “Seagate apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers.”  At least Seagate isn’t blaming Windows for the problem <a href=”http://www.apple.com/support/windowsvirus/”>like Apple did</a> when they had a similar problem with iPods shipping with a virus on them.

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  1. 1 On November 16th, 2007, Eric Chevallier said:

    Seagate has posted the info on their site and links to kaspersky http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/personal_storage/ps3200-sw

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