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[ISN] Gaming mouse-maker Razer hit with infected firmware
By Robert McMillan
September 21, 2009
IDG News Service
Gamers trying to update their mouse or keyboard drivers from accessory
maker Razer USA's Web site recently may have gotten more than they
That's because the company's computers appear to have been hacked, and
its support site used to spread malicious Trojan horse programs,
according to Rik Ferguson, a researcher with Trend Micro. After hearing
comments from concerned customers, Trend researchers took a look at
Razer's drivers. They downloaded 8 infected drivers, and immediately
contacted Razer. "They immediately took the site offline," he said in an
instant message interview.
Customers who downloaded this software would get the drivers they
requested, but they also got an obscure Trojan program called
WORM.ASPXOR.AB. "The malware had very low detection rates, with only 7
out of 41 vendors offering generic detection," Ferguson said.
To make matters worse, gamers often turn off their antivirus protection
to speed up their gameplay, so some victims may have never had a chance
of catching the Trojan.
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