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AUSTRALIA: External hard drives sold by ALDI have been found to contain computer virus

July 28th 2011 in Uncategorized

ALDI external hard drives available for sale as part of its "special buys” purchases have been found to contain a computer virus.

The Fission External 4-in-1 hard drive, DVD, USB and card reader device was withdrawn from sale this morning.

The hard drive is supplied to ALDI by a company called Smart IT Australia, described on its website as a global company which sells electronics products to 10 countries.

The company also supplies support for ALDI electronics products branded under the Tevion label.
ALDI is recommending consumers who have already purchased the hard drive and connected it to their personal computers to use Kaspersky anti-virus software or similar to scan computers and USB storage devices to detect and remove the virus if present.

According to the ZDNET web site, the drives are infected with the “Conficker” worm.

Worryingly, the worm is apparently an old worm, some of which has been detectable since 2008.

Smart IT Australia, who are reported as being the manufacturers of the drive in question, seems to be based in Sydney, going from this LinkedIn Profile.

Original source: Courier Mail

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