IBM has sent out an email to all attendees to the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) 2010 conference this afternoon, warning them that some of the USB drives handed out to delegates contained malware.
"Unfortunately, we have discovered that some of these USB keys contained malware and we suspect that all USB keys may be affected," IBM Australia chief technologist Glenn Wightwick said in the email. "The malware is detected by the majority of current antivirus products [as at 20 May 2010] and been known since 2008.
"Please do not use the USB key, and we ask that you return it to IBM at Reply Paid 120, PO Box 400, West Pennant Hills 2120."
Wightwick described how to remove the malware. Any delegates having problems doing so were asked to contact the IBM Security Operations Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We regret any inconvenience that may have been caused," he said.
Telstra distributed malware-infected USB drives at AusCERT 2008.