19 May 2009
By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld (US)
After discovering attack code on a brand new Windows XP netbook, Kaspersky Lab warned users yesterday that they should scan virgin systems for malware before connecting them to the Internet.
When Kaspersky developers installed their recently-released Security for Ultra Portables on an M&A Companion Touch netbook purchased for testing, "they thought something strange was going on," said Roel Schouwenberg, a senior antivirus researcher with the Moscow-based firm. Schouwenberg scanned the machine - a $499 netbook designed for the school market - and found three pieces of malware.
"This was done at the factory," said Schouwenberg. "It was completely brand new, still in its packaging."
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