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Is your new Maxtor Basics 3200 hard drive infected?

November 26, 2007

I read an article over the weekend by Jerome Corsi. I own a couple of Seagate external USB hard drives that I use for data archival purposes, so his article was a bit close to home.

A little over a week ago, the Taipei Times broke a story about 1800 Maxtor Basics 3200 hard drives destined for American consumers were infected with a Trojan horse. The Trojan horse reportedly disables anti-virus software, and then scans systems for online gaming passwords. If any passwords are found, the malicious code will open a connection to a server in China and upload its treasure.

Seagate believes the infection was not an intentional act and does not involve Chinese government entities.

If you purchased one of these drives recently, contact Seagate’s support department to determine whether yours is one of the infected units.

To eliminate future contaminations of this nature, wipe any new storage devices prior to their use. Does that advice seem a little on the paranoid side of the street? A friend used to always say “just because you’re paranoid does not prove there isn’t someone out to get you.”

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