Calorific threat

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By  Published  December 1, 2006

McDonald’s fired a fizzy own goal recently in Japan when the firm ran what we presume it thought was a cracking MP3 player promotion. The company’s plan was to print a code on its soft-drink cups and then get cavity-toothed drinkers to text in this code for the chance to bag one of 10,000 MP3 players, pre-loaded with 10 free songs. Bad news for the winning supper however, as not only did these MP3 players reportedly feature banging tunes, but also keystroke and password logging spyware in the form of the QQPass trojan. Ouch. McDonalds Japan has at least apologised and started a hotline for affected consumers to call. Just one more reason to keep yourself and your PC healthy by just saying no.

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