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#1 rotor123

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:33 AM

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Microsoft is also calling attention to the fact that its researchers found Nitol malware being distributed in what it calls "the supply chain". (By this, Microsoft means, "We bought a bunch of brand new PCs in China and the malware was already installed." In fact, the company has drawn a bit of a long bow in this case - Nitol was on just one computer out of the 20 purchased by its field agents.)


The Whole article is an interesting read.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:23 AM

I got it from Guardian.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/sep/14/malware-installed-computers-factories-microsoft

I think it happened in China where piracy is rampant and even OEM are using pirated Windows.
But now most other countries are importing from China, so it can happen anywhere.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 08:35 AM

Interesting if scary reading.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:57 AM

Hi,

this is far from the first time too. Sophos made a small summary last year when Aldo distributed an infected flash drive: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/07/29/aldi-supermarkets-withdraw-infected-hard-disks/ and in the first link posted.
It happens as soon as someone interacts with the machines. It doesn't necessarily have to be in China. Infecton, especially through flash drive which is how most of these oupsies happened, happens very quickly and doesn't necessarily imply that there was use of cracks or copyright infringement.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:19 AM

MS is taking down the Nitol botnet, they found on those PCs: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2012/09/13/microsoft-disrupts-the-emerging-nitol-botnet-being-spread-through-an-unsecure-supply-chain.aspx :thumbup2:

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