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China sells trojan laden external hard drives.

Portable hard discs sold locally and produced by US disk-drive manufacturer Seagate Technology have been found to carry Trojan horse viruses that automatically upload to Beijing Web sites anything the computer user saves on the hard disc, the Investigation Bureau said.

Around 1,800 of the portable Maxtor hard discs, produced in Thailand, carried two Trojan horse viruses: autorun.inf and ghost.pif, the bureau under the Ministry of Justice said.

The tainted portable hard disc uploads any information saved on the computer automatically and without the owner’s knowledge to www.nice8.org and www.we168.org, the bureau said.

The affected hard discs are Maxtor Basics 500G discs.

The bureau said that hard discs with such a large capacity are usually used by government agencies to store databases and other information.

Sensitive information may have already been intercepted by Beijing through the two Web sites, the bureau said.

The bureau said that the method of attack was unusual, adding that it suspected Chinese authorities were involved. (emphasis mine)

An update article states blame is attributed to a Chinese subcontractor.

In addition:

Security mavens from Kaspersky say they have discovered a nasty virus that came pre-installed on Maxtor external hard drives sold in the Netherlands.

Taking into consideration:

Pentagon investigators could not definitively link the cyber attack to the Chinese military, the source said, but the technology was sophisticated enough that it indicated to Pentagon officials – as well as those in charge of computer security – that it came from within the Chinese government.

And:

1. U.S. safety officials have recalled about 4.2 million Chinese-made Aqua Dots bead toys that contain a chemical that has caused some children to vomit and become comatose after swallowing them.

2. Mattel Issues Third Recall of China-Made Toys

3. Other Recent Product Recalls

4. Full search list on Foxs News for recalls.

No matter how much China vows to step up inspections the recalls and dangerous products keep coming.

We’ve become dependent upon cheap goods from China and other countries that are really aren’t all that friendly toward us, though we call them allies. Tell me, when you pick up a product in a store, any store, and read Made in China, does fear strike your heart? Is there a little skip in the beat? Does adrenalin tingle your spine? It does mine.

Consider also: Iran’s New Alliance With China Could Cost U.S. Leverage (2004), Iran, Venezuela Cement Alliance Against US , War Games: Russia, China Grow Alliance (2005),
Iran in talks to join alliance against West (2006), THE GREAT PAN-ASIAN ENERGY ALLIANCE (2007),  and China’s Antisatellite Missile Test: Why? (2007).

Have you ever heard the expression “softening up for the kill”? Consider also:

 Academia’s Pervasive PC Rot

2. Minnesota Muslims Refuse to Sell Pork at Target Stores

3. http://mediaserver2.afa.net/twb2007/lowescatalog.pdf   What’s with the upside down tree?

4. President Ahmadinejad Delivers Remarks at Columbia University while Terror Supporters Shout Down David Horowitz and Gays Deserve Torture, Death Penalty, Iranian Minister Says while Why I Have A Little Crush on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because hatred of Bush trumps a desire for self preservation.

5. Heard It With Our Own Ears (and We Still Don’t Believe It)

How about the saying: “Like shooting fish in a barrel”?

While it might take longer than all out war, it’s much easier to conquer a people who have been trained to go against their own instincts for survival, wouldn’t you say? I’d also postulate that it’s much easier to assure victory in the long run. While we are focused on terrorism in the Middle East there are other forces working behind the scenes playing both sides against the middle… with little to fear in the process.

Oh, I forgot one that really highlights the possibility of being fish in a barrel:

US control over Internet dominates discussion at UN conference in Brazil

[…] At issue is control over domain names like “com” and “org,” which computers need to find Web sites and route e-mail. By controlling the core systems, the U.S. indirectly influences much of what appears online.

The U.S. government, which funded much of the Internet’s early development, delegated domain-name policies to a Marina del Rey, Calif.-based nonprofit, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, over which the U.S. retains veto power.

Many countries complained U.S. influence wasn’t discussed enough during the first Internet Governance Forum last year in Athens, and preceded this year’s conference with panel devoted to “critical Internet resources.” […]

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