updated 11:25 am EDT, Mon October 16, 2006
McDonalds recalls players
In a decidedly odd situation, McDonalds Japan has had to issue a recall on audio players given away in a contest, The Register reports. As many as 10,000 restaurant customers were awarded a Flash MP3 player, which came loaded with ten songs and an unwanted guest - a variant of the QQpass spyware Trojan. When a player was connected to a Windows PC, QQpass would then scour a system for Web passwords and other data, promptly transmitting it back to hackers. The suspected source of the contamination is the machine used for pre-loading songs. McDonalds has set up a helpline for the recall, and is offering free replacements as well as advice on disinfecting your computer.