Computer virus hidden in digital photo frames from China

An insidious computer virus recently discovered on digital photo frames has been identified as a powerful new Trojan Horse from China that collects passwords for online games – and its designers might have larger targets in mind.

“It is a nasty worm that has a great deal of intelligence,” said Brian Grayek, who heads product development at Computer Associates, a security vendor that analyzed the Trojan Horse.

The virus, which Computer Associates calls Mocmex, recognizes and blocks antivirus protection from more than 100 security vendors, as well as the security and firewall built into Microsoft Windows. It downloads files from remote locations and hides files, which it names randomly, on any PC it infects, making itself very difficult to remove. It spreads by hiding itself on photo frames and any other portable storage device that happens to be plugged into an infected PC.

The authors of the new Trojan Horse are well-funded professionals whose malware has “specific designs to capture something and not leave traces,” Grayek said. “This would be a nuclear bomb” of malware.

Read the full article here for information on which items have so far been found to be infected and what you can do to protect yourself.

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17 Responses to “Computer virus hidden in digital photo frames from China”

  1. SwinishCapitalist Says:

    I’m far behind the play on digital photos that I had to Google ‘digital photo frame’ to understand what all the fuss was about.

  2. spot_the_dog Says:

    #1 I have a really little one a friend in the States gave me for Christmas. It never even really occurred to me that at heart it’s just another portable storage device and thus has the same potential to infect my PC as any other file-storage medium, until I saw this.

  3. Rebecca H Says:

    #1, same here, Swinish. I can see the attraction for one of those devices (all my grandbaby pictures are on CDs and a memory stick), but I think for display I’ll just stick to photo paper and ordinary frames.

    I fear that once we’ve settled the Middle East’s hash (or maybe before) the Chinese are going to be a big problem.

  4. SandiM Says:

    Crikey! I didn’t know there were such things. I’m glad you alerted us, spot. This is just the kind of novelty gift I would have been thrilled to buy for those who are so hard to buy for – like all of my rellies. Come to think of it, there’s one relly I just might go ahead and give one to. Hee, hee.

  5. ZionistHore#2 Says:

    Whoa, makes me glad I purchased at Best buy and not the same brand..bought in Dec 06 when first came out for Christmas gifts. My kids would not be happy with me…

  6. saltydog Says:

    Rebecca, I think you are right about China. My fear has been that they will strike before the war with Islamofascism is over. It is one of the reasons why I finally came to the point where I feel we must be much more ruthless in our conduct. The world is so dangerous. They need to know — in no uncertain terms — that messing with us will bring nothing but disaster and destruction. That is the only anti-war thinking I indulge in.

  7. bingbing Says:

    No worries. Those nasty Commies have already placed their trojan horse, aka the pissant Rudd, in the Aussie parliament.

  8. spot_the_dog Says:

    I agree with all of you about China. I’m absolutely ropeable at the moment; there’s an IV med I use which is imported from the USA but I’ve just found out today there have been heaps of issues with it – and surprise, surprise, some components of it are manufactured in a Chinese plant which has never been inspected by the FDA. Long story; waiting on some more info from a few helpful folks and then I’ll post a warning thread on it.

    Bloody hell.

  9. Ash Says:

    #8 That, my dear friend Spot, sucks ass.

    I do hope all is well. I worry about things in Perth.

  10. bingbing Says:

    My computer was made in China, I think. Yet for a reasonably new comp with all the best specs, it runs like a piece of shit sometimes. Not that a technophobe such as myself would know, but it kinda makes a bit more sense now as to why.

    Or maybe it’s still just that many, if not all, Chinese factories still pump out crap quality stuff.

  11. Ash Says:

    #10 Scan for spyware Bingbing.

  12. spot_the_dog Says:

    #11 The problem with some of this new spyware is that is bypasses all the commercial scanners out there – the article linked to above explains some of it. A lot of companies are moving towards not just disabling disc drives on in-situ user PCs but USB ports as well, to keep stuff like that off the company network.

    #10 Don’t even get me started on Chinese companies and the crap they pump out just now… (Is there a FOAD, you cheap disgusting cost-cutting unprincipled Chinese manufacturers! emoticon, Ash?)

    #9 Just had a long day today, is all. I’ll email you tomorrow about it.

  13. Ash Says:

    #12 A FOAD emoticon? Sure! Try this or the non-safe for work version. And the non-safe for work version is truly not safe for work. Or children. Or any situation other than an adult who can make their own decisions.

  14. bingbing Says:

    More, perhaps, on this Chinese hacking crap?

  15. Susan Says:

    When will the hacking stop? Probably never… Is it mostly for financial gain or just sport? Don’t these people have better things to do with their time?

  16. Ash Says:

    Bit of both Susan.

    The 15 year olds do it to see if they can, and brag about it at school.

    Dodgy companies do it for financial gain.

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