IBM gifts infected USB keys at conference

IBM gifts infected USB keys at conference

Summary: Attendees of the AusCERT 2010 conference may have USB keys from IBM that contained malware, according to the company's chief technologist

TOPICS: Security

IBM has sent out an email to all attendees to the 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.

"We regret any inconvenience that may have been caused," he said.

For more on this story, see IBM AusCERT USBs infected with malware on ZDNet Australia.

Topic: Security

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  • I like the bit about the malware being "detected by the majority of current antivirus products" and being something that has "been known since 2008" - not least as it seems to suggest the user is at fault if the malware was not detected. Also, if the thing has been around sinc. 2008 and is so easy to detect, how come IBM didn't detect it before passing the infected sticks around?

    Doh. With knobs on,