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Holy Crap !! Chinese Built Maxtor Hard Disks Steal Your Data

 
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Bureau warns on tainted discs

FOCUSED ATTACK: Large-capacity hard disks often used by government agencies were found to contain Trojan horse viruses, Investigation Bureau officials warned
By Yang Kuo-wen, Lin Ching-chuan and Rich Chang
STAFF REPORTERS
Sunday, Nov 11, 2007, Page 2
Portable hard discs sold locally and produced by US disk-drive manufacturer Seagate Technology have been found to carry Trojan horse viruses that automatically upload to Beijing Web sites anything the computer user saves on the hard disc, the Investigation Bureau said.

Around 1,800 of the portable Maxtor hard discs, produced in Thailand, carried two Trojan horse viruses: autorun.inf and ghost.pif, the bureau under the Ministry of Justice said.

The tainted portable hard disc uploads any information saved on the computer automatically and without the owner's knowledge to www.nice8.org and www.we168.org, the bureau said.

The affected hard discs are Maxtor Basics 500G discs.

The bureau said that hard discs with such a large capacity are usually used by government agencies to store databases and other information.

Sensitive information may have already been intercepted by Beijing through the two Web sites, the bureau said.

The bureau said that the method of attack was unusual, adding that it suspected Chinese authorities were involved.

In recent years, the Chinese government has run an aggressive spying program relying on information technology and the Internet, the bureau said.

The bureau said this was the first time it had found that Trojan horse viruses had been placed on hard discs before they even reach the market.

The bureau said that it had instructed the product's Taiwanese distributor, Xander International, to remove the products from shelves immediately.

The bureau said that it first received complaints from consumers last month, saying they had detected Trojan horse viruses on brand new hard discs purchased in Taiwan.

Agents began examining hard discs on the market and found the viruses linked to the two Web sites.

Anyone who has purchased this kind of hard disc should return it to the place of purchase, the bureau said.

The distributor told the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the nope' sister newspaper) that the company had sold 1,800 tainted discs to stores last month.

It said it had pulled 1,500 discs from shelves, while the remaining 300 had been sold by the stores to consumers.

Seagate's Asian Pacific branch said it was looking into the matter.
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Ya, it sucks when ya buy a 320gb HD and after you install it, it only shows 298gb. How do i access the other 22gb ? I wanna see what its storing there.
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Time to nuke Beijing.
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This is why in the PAST...anything made for the military was made in the USA OR by an American company...you start farming out the jobs to your enemies and their friends...and ya get what ya get.
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Ya, it sucks when ya buy a 320gb HD and after you install it, it only shows 298gb. How do i access the other 22gb ? I wanna see what its storing there.
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your ignorance is plain to see
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Key-rist. Ya want cheap technology, but you're surprised that "they" are doing this to you?
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Maxtor sucks. Never buy one. I learned the hard way, my extra Maxtor drive died after just 3 months and I lost some important data. I now have a Lacie HD for 3 years with no problems.
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Ya, it sucks when ya buy a 320gb HD and after you install it, it only shows 298gb. How do i access the other 22gb ? I wanna see what its storing there.
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base 8 vs base 10
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Fascinating as 100% of all OEM and Retail drives come un-partitioned.

There would be no way for these files to exist on the drives in the first place as the FAT has not even been written yet.

Once the partition(s) and FAT are written, the files would be non-accessible anyway.

As a professional computer tech, I call B.S. on this article.


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Fascinating as 100% of all OEM and Retail drives come un-partitioned.

There would be no way for these files to exist on the drives in the first place as the FAT has not even been written yet.

Once the partition(s) and FAT are written, the files would be non-accessible anyway.

As a professional computer tech, I call B.S. on this article.


Mike
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well, this was on slashdot

you might take a look at the replies, they may have mentioned this

although there is the formating disk that comes with the HD
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man ... 4 one star votes out of 5 - guess the peoples army shills are awake
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Also forgot to note:

autorun.inf - That is used mainly by the CD-ROM Drive to auto-start the disc when it is inserted into the drive. That file is used by Windows to call a specific file on the CD-ROM Disc if autorun is enabled. It usually calls a setup program.

ghost.pif - pif is Program Information File, a shortcut information file in a nutshell, usually telling the system how to execute an MS-DOS based program from within Windows. The Ghost filename indicates it is used with an older or MS-DOS based version of Norton's Ghost Disk Imaging software.


If these files do exist on the drives, 10 to 1 says they were designated for use as OEM drives by the likes of Dell and the files on them are to initiate an imaging process to automate installs of the O/S and software.

As I stated before, a new retail or OEM drive is not-partitioned, these could have slipped out on accident. I once ordered a new CD-RW drive and received a free copy of Windows 98 that was already in the tray when I opened it the first time.

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Fascinating as 100% of all OEM and Retail drives come un-partitioned.

There would be no way for these files to exist on the drives in the first place as the FAT has not even been written yet.

Once the partition(s) and FAT are written, the files would be non-accessible anyway.

As a professional computer tech, I call B.S. on this article.


Mike


well, this was on slashdot

you might take a look at the replies, they may have mentioned this

although there is the formating disk that comes with the HD
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The formatting disc is (was) most likely the MaxBlast software. This disc usually has installation instructions and utils to get the drive installed, mainly a partition manager system for systems that are not able to partition/format a hard drive as one full partition. Used to split up say a 100GB drive into 2 40GB drives that an older O/S and/or BIOS can handle.
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HOLY CRAP!!!

IVE GOT THOSE DRIVES IN MY COMPUTER THAT HAS MY PLANS TO TAKE OVER THE SOLAR SYSTEM IN THEM.

GADZZ!!!! NOW THE CHINESE HAVE MY SOLAR DOMININATION AGENDA!!!! 5a
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Time to nuke Beijing.
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Time to nuke the world some freedom.
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man ... 4 one star votes out of 5 - guess the peoples army shills are awake
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What's more important - star rating or post content.
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Don't forget - there has NOT been a regime change in China since Wall St Jews sponsored Mao's Cultural Devolution 60 years ago.

The same puppets of the Jews are running the show in China today. Therefore, anything China does is directly attributable to World Jewry actions.
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then DONT run windowz !
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If you want to stop the chinese in thier tracks, dont buy thier shit. Tell washington we want people who sell them our technology put behind bars. The wouldnt even know how to make a fucking hardrive if someone didnt sell them the design!

Another step in the right direction would be to place high tarrifs on Chinese imports until the trade defict is balanced.
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Maxtor external hard drives used to come with free One-Touch backup software; could the trojan be hiding in these software ?

I owned 3 of them but they didn't last long; the power adptors failed - all of them, despite being replaced by the manufacturer.
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External hard drives generally come pre formatted

I just bought one the other day

it was already formatted for windows and came with buncha crap windows apps as well
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Hope you reformatted it then!
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Why would this concern anybody posting here?
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Why would this concern anybody posting here?
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My thoughts exactly LOL
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It is estimated that 60% of the PC market is infected with one form of backdoor or other.

It's not just China folks, it's the freaking world.
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Maxtor sucks. Never buy one. I learned the hard way, my extra Maxtor drive died after just 3 months and I lost some important data. I now have a Lacie HD for 3 years with no problems.
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it was all that gay pron you had
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Ya, it sucks when ya buy a 320gb HD and after you install it, it only shows 298gb. How do i access the other 22gb ? I wanna see what its storing there.
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What a dumb fuck you are.

Anyone who works with computers knows that hard drive manufacturer's "inflate" the capacity of their hard drives by quoting capacities in METRIC units instead of DIGITAL BINARY units. Their is no "lost capacity" - it all comes down to the way in which hard drive capacity is calculated.
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This is why in the PAST...anything made for the military was made in the USA OR by an American company...you start farming out the jobs to your enemies and their friends...and ya get what ya get.
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has china ever invaded a white nation?
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how many colored nations have white DOMINATED/POWERED nations invaded in?
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OP, excuse me but the link you give at the top of your post is bogus. Please provide a valid link. No link, you stink?
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do you think the average american would be enjoying cheap computers at home in this present day if it wasn't for the mass production capabilities of the chinese with slave wages?

you are all spoiled little brats





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