InternetNews.com reported today that a number of Seagate’s Maxtor Basics hard drives were shipped with a virus that searches for passwords for online games and sends them to a server located in China. Seagate said the problem products originated from its subcontractor’s factory in China, although the company did not disclose the stage in the manufacturing process where the subcontractor installed the Trojan horse. Seagate is offering a 60-day free trial of anti-virus software that will locate and remove the virus.
Could this be a ploy to get users hooked on the said anti-virus software? I’m not going to name it; you go find out yourself.