Well, isn't *that* special?
OTOH, it's not like a major corporation selling CDs deliberately infested
with a rootkit a la Sony
(<http://www.infoworld.com/article/05/11/18/HNsonyrootkit_1.html ) , orwith spyware a la TurboTax <http://geocities.com/turbotaxsafecast/
(wow,has it really been 6 years since I've used TurboTax?) several years
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
Sad but true. I read about a memory maker (Crucial?) that had to pull
something like 250,000 chips not too long ago that were a non-
reburnable eprom they made for a company.
Apparently an angry employee decided to "show them". Thankfully, this
was not in America where he would have gone to counseling, then write
a book, then to Oprah.
The blurb I read said the guy got something like 10 years in a jail in
Malaysia or someplace nasty like that.
I'm sure a stay like that would help you mend your ways!
No, it's not "just" media hype. It is real. So were historical occurrences.
I've never heard about the virus in the ROM BIOS on the Leading Edge boxes,
But I _do_ have knowledge that commercial product distributions have shipped
with viruses _multiple_ times. In 2 cases I know of, it happened making the
master disk that were set out for distribution, and I know of at least 3
other instances where the virus was introduced at the duplication facility.
I see no point in naming names on incidents that are ~20+ years in the past.
infections today are a _much_ more dangerous problem. There wasn't much
a virus could _do_ with 'interesting information' once it found it, other
than modify/destroy it. No Internet connectivity, stuff wasn't going to
'go somewhere else' where it could then be exploited to fullest potential.
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