backtop


Print 23 comment(s) - last by mindless1.. on Oct 18 at 1:39 AM

It is unknown how the MP3 players originally became infected

McDonalds Japan and Coca Cola announced a contest in which flash MP3 players were awarded to contestants who submitted a unique winning number on a Coca Cola cup order at McDonalds. Ten thousand winners received the McDonalds-branded MP3 player preloaded with 10 songs and the QQPass spyware trojan. The trojan reportedly began to transfer username and passwords once it was connected to a Windows PC. Several reports claim that the trojan would take control simply by plugging the MP3 player into a Windows PC. Other reports, however, dispute whether or not that is how the trojan works.

An infected PC may be the original cause for all of the MP3 players being infected – McDonalds has declined to disclose what caused the original problem.

McDonalds Japan swiftly issued an apology while setting up a hotline to help users who were infected with the trojan. The infected MP3 players are being recalled while new MP3 players are being sent out to contest winners. McDonalds has also issued a statement informing contestants how to fix infected PCs.



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

It's....
By tk109 on 10/16/2006 9:11:37 PM , Rating: 5
It's the IRAA. They heard "free". They wont stand for that and it wont stop until we are all dead.




RE: It's....
By ZmaxDP on 10/16/2006 10:39:34 PM , Rating: 5
The RIAA you mean? Or is the Irish Republican Army Association going to kill us all?


RE: It's....
By Zirconium on 10/16/2006 11:07:36 PM , Rating: 5
BOTH! CLOSE THE BLINDS!


RE: It's....
By Kromis on 10/17/2006 4:26:00 AM , Rating: 2
Oh man, that is so ownage.


So now...
By breethon on 10/16/2006 10:59:23 PM , Rating: 3
Mcdonalds is not only going after killing your body with all the trans fats and sludge they pour into their food, they have to take your pc also? :P




RE: So now...
By jtesoro on 10/17/2006 2:19:30 AM , Rating: 5
At least part of the blame (if not most of it) should go to the buyer who chooses to buy unhealthy food in the first place. I think this is an area where there is nowhere near a monopoly, and people have the choice to be as healthy or unhealthy as they want.


RE: So now...
By mindless1 on 10/18/2006 1:39:48 AM , Rating: 2
I don't suppose you've heard of the free market. If McDonalds was selling more salads than hamburgers, what do you want to bet their menus would change too?

They're not going after anything, only providing food that one segment of the market chooses to buy. Many of those people recognize this but you don't. Who is worse off?


autoplay
By Pirks on 10/16/2006 9:11:28 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Several reports claim that the trojan would take control simply by plugging the MP3 player into a Windows PC


Is there really an autoplay functionality in Windows when you plug in a flash/usb drive? Something that runs autorun.inf from there as if you inserted a CD or something?




RE: autoplay
By rgsaunders on 10/16/2006 9:45:08 PM , Rating: 1
Yes. Many examples of this.


RE: autoplay
By Pirks on 10/16/2006 9:53:08 PM , Rating: 1
thank god I turned autoplay off many years ago

whew :\


RE: autoplay
By PrinceGaz on 10/17/2006 11:19:58 AM , Rating: 2
If you are running good AV software with On Access Scan enabled (which it is always best to do), it would detect the trojan and prevent it from being run automatically.

Worth bearing in mind by those people here who say they don't need AV software to keep themselves safe, who may be surprised just where threats can come from.


RE: autoplay
By Pirks on 10/17/2006 1:12:47 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, I agree that when you don't know shit about your OS then AV and antieverything is a must, however I survived last 6 years with my XP w/o any AV crap, I guess it's either because I'm the only one in the world who's THAT lucky... or I just read too much of MSDN :)))


It's a match made in paradise ...
By JAS on 10/17/06, Rating: 0
RE: It's a match made in paradise ...
By therealnickdanger on 10/17/2006 8:51:38 AM , Rating: 2
Except one is good for you and the other is not. Windows in the right hands is the best OS ever created. McDonald's in anyone's hands is never good. :P


RE: It's a match made in paradise ...
By MAIA on 10/17/06, Rating: 0
RE: It's a match made in paradise ...
By Pirks on 10/17/2006 1:17:04 PM , Rating: 2
doh! [recalling my linux kernel panicking and dying 5 minutes after boot because of the crappy serial card driver, and also some recent spontaneous safari crashes and hangs after 10.4.8 update on a Mac Mini nearby] yeah, right... ;)) sure, sure, heheh :)


RE: It's a match made in paradise ...
By MAIA on 10/17/2006 8:52:39 AM , Rating: 1
McSoft MicroWindows
or MicroDonald's McWindows ... you name it


Bad!
By StevoLincolnite on 10/17/2006 6:29:24 AM , Rating: 3
First Mc' Donalds food is bad for you, Now theur MP3' players are bad for your computer? :P
Anyhow, I couldnt find any specifications on the players, how much storage did they contain? What song were pre-loaded etc.
And MOST Windows based PC's should allready HAVE an Anti-Spyware program on their system. (Even most Avergae Joe's). Is there ANY reports on how many computers became infected at all? I would assume it wouldnt be very many.




RE: Bad!
By Wwhat on 10/17/2006 10:29:59 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously the mcdonalds and coco-cola corporate computers failed to notice it, makes you wonder.


grammatical errors
By JonathanYoung on 10/16/2006 10:57:31 PM , Rating: 2
"McDonalds Japan and Coca Cola announced a contest in which flash MP3 players were awarded to contestants who submitted a unique winning number on a Coca Cola cup order McDonalds."

and

"The trojan reportedly began to transfer username and passwords once it was connected to a Windows PCs."




RE: grammatical errors
By encryptkeeper on 10/17/2006 10:42:22 AM , Rating: 1
This is Daily Tech, those errors are better than usual.


Help! My PC is infected!
By encryptkeeper on 10/17/2006 10:30:27 AM , Rating: 3
Thank you for calling McDonald's tech support how can I help you? You say your PC is malfunctioning? You believe that it's our MP3 player and may have had spyware on it? Well, if you believe that, you REALLY don't want to know what we infect the burgers with!




Pre-Loaded song
By itlnstln on 10/17/2006 11:32:34 AM , Rating: 3
I wonder if this is the pre-loaded song:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonald's_Menu_Song

Man, I'm old... :)




"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)











botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki