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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.

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By Pirks on 10/16/2006 9:11:28 PM , Rating: 1
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 :)))

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