Aldi sells hard drives with malware inside

Aldi sells hard drives with malware inside

Summary: Aldi has confirmed that one of the products it has stocked in its stores contains malware.

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Aldi has confirmed that one of the products it has stocked in its stores contains malware.

The device infected with the Conficker worm. (Screenshot by Michael Lee/ZDNet Australia)

The Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) released an alert yesterday on the Federal Government's Stay Smart Online alert service, alleging that the Fission External 4-in-1 Hard Drive, DVD, USB and Card Reader product offered by Aldi contains the components of the "Conficker" worm.

Aldi told ZDNet Australia that the worm was limited to a small number of the devices and said that it has removed the product from all of its stores and has issued a voluntary public recall of products already purchased.

AusCERT advised customers who have already purchased the device to format the hard drive and scan their computer for infection using up-to-date antivirus software. In a separate advisory, AusCERT said that as the worm was extremely old, emerging in August 2008, most systems should be able to detect it if they have antivirus software installed.

Aldi confirmed that a full reformat of the device's hard drive would remove the worm. At the time of writing, the device still appeared on Aldi's online listing of products available.

The worm, also known as Downup, Downadup and Kido, had a high profile during its peak, infecting ANZ Bank and RailCorp in 2009.

Topics: Security, Malware, AUSCERT

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  • I would never ever use a hard drive that I had not formatted myself. New hard drive? Erased and formatted, first thing. New computer? Erased and given a fresh, clean OS install.
    anonymous
    • Exactly. Regardless of the manufacturer, whether it be an el-cheapo brand like this, or the more mainstream ones, like Western Digital or Maxtor, the first thing to do is to wipe it clean. Same holds true for flash drives.
      dmh_paul
  • Seems "Fission" is a brand to avoid.
    Only recently Aldi was forced to withdraw their Fission "8"GB Flash memory sticks from sale after it was revealed they were actually
    grump3
  • My post appears to have stalled during upload, will try again...

    Seems "Fission" is a brand to avoid.
    Only recently Aldi was forced to withdraw their Fission "8"GB Flash memory sticks from sale after it was revealed they were actually
    grump3
  • 1GB fakes doctored with software to mimic their stated capacity of 8GB. (A common scam with flash memory devices sourced from Asian suppliers).
    grump3
  • I bought 4 loppers and one garden scissor for trimming hedge
    from ALDI
    all tools except one were junk working with them
    few hours – one tool also damaged my hand.
    7 month swollen hand
    after that hand permanently damaged
    Its cheaper and safer to buy one good tool in real hardware shop
    33noa333
  • bought a speakeasy 600 has a optus powered sim card a good little till you go bush than will not pick up signal right under tower. optus says its not 3g compatible.You would have thought Binitone would have had warning on packaging no good outside built up arreas. A BIT UNHAPPY!
    ed lyons
  • Aldi - Cassio calculator

    display is very bad on Aldi - casio
    My two 15 years old cassio have far better display.
    Calculator is one thing that one can learn to operate with time
    quickly and is not good to change to different model
    Check it very good and buy the best.
    33noa333