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GPS Spreading Viruses

Discussion in 'News' started by Jimmy 2004, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. Jimmy 2004

    Jimmy 2004 New Member

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    Although the GPS device itself is not affected by this, the TomTom GO 910 has been reported to be carrying Trojans win32.Perlovga.A and TR/Drop.Small.qp. Any of the $599 units manufactured between September and November last year may have been manufactured with these two Trojans "pre-installed" for you. Apparently TomTom is aware of this, yet so far no warning has been released to consumers - although the viruses pose very little risk and if you keep your anti-virus software up to date you should be fine. TomTom claims "Appropriate actions have been taken to make sure this is prevented from happening again in the future.” These Trojans can potentially spread to your PC if you connect it to synchronise information or load routes.

    Source: Engadget
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    I would have hoped companies would check their products for malicious software...


    It says something about you if you send out a product with malicious code that you didn't even know was there...
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    Or, knew was there and didnt care. Personally, dumb ass TomTom isnt worth 600 bucks. How can GPS viruses hurt though? Im not too sure on this subject..
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    Normal viruses that spread if you connect it to your PC. Like viruses on a USB drive.
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    Chances are the computer running the checks was the one actually putting the viruses on them. It just takes one idiot worker checking his email on a computer he should be working at to install a virus on said computer, which then spreads to every device plugged into it.
    Crunching for Team TPU 50 Million points folded for TPU

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