This Xbox HDMI cable has 'anti-virus protection'

Summary:No, I'm not late for April Fools' Day. This is simply just false advertising at its best (or worst, depending on your point of view).

This Xbox HDMI cable has 'anti-virus protection'

Sometimes, you just can't make this stuff up. I mean, if you tried really, really hard, you wouldn't come up with anything like it. This "superior quality HDMI LX Cable" not only offers you "an exceptional image, whether you are playing a game or watching your favourite DVD" but it also has "anti-virus protection." Seriously, that's what the feature list on the packaging claims.

As you can see in the image above, courtesy of Gizmodo, the cable features "'100% Mylar' double shield 1.3c grade cable with anti-virus protection to reduce virus noises and to obtain perfect image transmission."

Here's the kicker, in case you were too astounded that you missed it. The cable doesn't claim to feature virus protection. No. It features anti-virus protection. Virus protection protects you from viruses. So anti-virus protection must protect you from anti-viruses?

I'm having some trouble stopping my head from shaking. Gizmodo asks if there are any people in this world "so stupidly stupid as to believe that a virus may attack your video cables and cause noise." Readers in the comments section have responded with a resounding yes, unfortunately.

This company should be sued into oblivion. Actually, Microsoft should sue this company into oblivion. After all, it's apparently called the "Xbox 360 Elite HDMI cable." I'm pretty sure Redmond wouldn't be too please to know its brand is being used in this way.

In fact, I've made a point to contact the software giant about this little tidbit. I'll update you if and when I hear back.

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Topics: Security, Hardware, Microsoft

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Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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