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Virus gets ride on Digital Photo Frames

Malicious codes have found yet another host. After hard disk drives and iPods, criminals have successfully injected virus on Digital Photo Frames (opens in new tab) which were amongst the hottest gifts for the festive season.

The SANS Internet Storm Centre revealed earlier this month that external peripherals like GPS and external hard drives could also be potential targets for criminals as they search for non-traditional methods to transmit malicious code to computers.

Worryingly, SANS found a virus, called Win/32Mocmex.AM on one of the photo frames tested and it was not listed on some vendors virus databases although research shows that the virus has been active since (opens in new tab)at least three months.

According to one veteran IT user, this was one of the nastiest virus he has encountered as it spreads to any connected device by copying a script, a com file and an autorun file which means that you don't even need to run any application or click on any icon as this would normally be the case.

It is not known whether the virus affects more than one generation of Windows platforms.

According to Security Firm, Prevx, the trojan horse can change its structure, a feature known as polymorphism.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.