MP3 Recall In Japan

Global food chain McDonald’s has recalled 10,000 MP3 players that it awarded competition winners in Japan after discovering the devices were infected with malware.

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By  Published  October 20, 2006

Global food chain McDonald’s has recalled 10,000 MP3 players that it awarded competition winners in Japan after discovering the devices were infected with malware.

The fast food giant held a competition whereby contestants removed stickers from drinks to find a code which they then entered onto the company’s website with the winners receiving MP3 players.

However, in addition to the ten songs already on the players, the MP3 devices also contained a variant of the QQPass Trojan, which steals user passwords.

“The virus poses an infection risk when the MP3 player is connected to a computer.

We therefore recommend consumers not to use the prize,” McDonald's stated on its website.

The company has released software that promises to remove the malware from infected systems.

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