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Digital Photo Frames a Vector for Trojan Horse Infection

Category: Digital Photography/Video, Bugs / Virus
Posted: 08:44AM

SFGate -

When you choose a gift, you'd like the recipient to remember you for a long time.  Apparently that's what happened to people who purchased digital photo frames over the holidays but probably not in the way intended.  Security researchers recently discovered a rather nasty Trojan horse on digital photo frames from major retailers such as Sam's Club, Best Buy, Target and Costco.  By reverse engineering the code, experts have been able to track the origin back to a group in China.  This particular Trojan is very sophisticated and is capable of identifying and blocking antivirus software along with the Windows firewall.  The thing that makes this malware particularly difficult to identify and clean is that it downloads files from remote locations and hides the files under random names.  Currently the malware is only stealing passwords for online games, but has the capability to other personal information as well.  Four additional Trojans have been located on the frames in addition to the new one.

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