Microsoft admits millions of computers could be infected with malware before they're even out of the box -BREAKINGSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 09/14/2012 - 13:21
Microsoft admits millions of computers could be infected with malware before they're even out of the box -BREAKING
FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2012
Hackers have uploaded viruses which can help them steal people's personal data on to millions of PCs and laptops before they are even taken out of the box, Microsoft has admitted.
The company said it found malware which allows would-be criminals to remotely switch on and control cameras and microphones, among other devices, on machines which were still factory sealed. The software is loaded with counterfeit copies of Microsoft Windows, the company said.
“Cybercriminals have made it clear that anyone with a computer could become an unwitting mule for malware,” wrote Microsoft's assistant general counsel for its Digital Crimes Unit, Richard Domingues Boscovich.
On the company's blog, he added: “Malware allows criminals to steal a person's personal information to access and abuse their online services, including e-mail, social networking accounts and online bank accounts. Examples of this abuse include malware sending fake e-mails and social media posts to a victim's family, friends and co-workers to scam them out of money, sell them dangerous counterfeit drugs, and infect their computers with malware.”