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When Sony declared a war on software and music piracy in 2005, little did the world consider that the company could be putting malware on the discs it sold.
When the CD was inserted into a computer, it would install a rootkit invisible even to the most advanced anti-spyware or anti-virus software of the time. But Sony was found up the creek when hackers and cyber-attackers would use the same rootkit to hide malware of their own to capture keystrokes or steal data.
Over half a million machines were infected, which was only made worse by a "fix" that Sony brought out to try and solve the problem. Lawsuits flew everywhere as a result, and Sony was left very red-faced after the whole incident.
Poor old Alan Sugar. Founder and chief of British firm Amstrad, he may have missed the boat on the email revolution.
Released weeks after the millennium, the part-landline, part-email 'machine' cost £79.99 (nowadays, that would be £130, or $199), and an additional 12p ($0.20) to send each email. It was a total rip-off and difficult to use. Had it been released a few years before hand, it could have made a ton in sales.
But while computers and modems were still expensive, the Em@iler was just late to the game.
Zip drives just never took off, let alone crash to the ground like a satellite falling from space.
Iomega launched the mass-storage removable drive in 1994. The problem was is that it was hardly mass storage. It was for the time, at 100 MB, 250 MB and a whopping 750 MB. But a series of lawsuits and a class-action suit forced the company into giving out rebates on future products.
The problem was that the devices clicked and tweaked, and then rendered the data inaccessible. Millions were sold, but so many of them failed, rendering the Iomega name practically dead.