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Apple unwittingly ships Video iPods with viruses

Just a couple of days ago, we heard about some McDonalds-branded MP3 players that came with a side order of spyware, but that could be pretty easily dismissed, considering they used some generic made-in-China player for their purposes. This more recent news, however, is a little more disconcerting. It appears that about 1% of Video iPods shipped since September 12th are infected with RavMonE.exe, a menacing virus that cripples your computer’s security system. Worst yet, after downing your defences, it broadcasts your vulnerability to a number of shady websites to let them know that you are there for their hacking pleasure. Interestingly, this is a Windows-only virus: Apple says that “we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it.”

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A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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