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
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
quote: Windows in the right hands is the best OS ever created.