Seagate warns of infected drives

Seagate is warning users to scan their systems for malware after a password-stealing Trojan was found on some of its hard drives. The vendor said that the malware was discovered on the Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 model by researchers from security firm Kaspersky.

Seagate did not reveal how many infected drives had been sold, claiming only that it was "a small number". The firm has halted production until all of the drives can be disinfected, and said that "inventory is being reworked" to retrieve infected drives shipped to retailers.

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lnxpro said,
WD 4TW ! all my hDDs are 500 GB SATA II WD HDDs.

WD rules!. sucks that fry's stopped carying WD drives. not sure why.

Because they didn't get a good enough contract to carry WD's HDD so they stopped carrying WD all together. It's all about contract with each vendors.

wow, what better way to infect a computer, than to infect it BEFORE it is built!

but i have no worries about stuff like this, all my drives go into raid volumes...

First thing I do is format a HD when I receive it anyway.

They usually come with nothing on them anyway, so ...........

And since when did Seagate buy Maxtor???

maxtor are absolute ****. Why the hell would they waste money on that company!

Yak said,
First thing I do is format a HD when I receive it anyway.

It's not enough because before you type "format d: /fs:ntfs" or start the disk management console, a default XP installation already found the new (formated) drive and attempted to run whatever is on the autorun.inf.

chilliadus said,

It's not enough because before you type "format d: /fs:ntfs" or start the disk management console, a default XP installation already found the new (formated) drive and attempted to run whatever is on the autorun.inf.


Who said anything about a running XP installation? You (should) use fdisk before an OS has loaded.
Go the whole hog and low-level format through the BIOS, then fdisk, then start up XP and use the management console.

And since when did Seagate buy Maxtor???

maxtor are absolute ****. Why the hell would they waste money on that company!

Funny, I called Seagate absolute **** when they bought Maxtor.

Are you sure they're preloading it? Or does it just happens when they make them? I've never heard of a hard drive manufacturer pre-loading stuff on them.

BBinder said,
made in china - says it all really

yup, it's not enough we poison your children with lead and pirate all your movies
we have to destroy your computers too

What does "Made in China" have to do with this? The products are probably made in China, but it's the American technologies. Therefore I blame America. LoL

Same way it happened with the iPods. Quality control a little lax, and someone connects a device to an infected Windows PC, and voila! the infection spreads.