Digital photo frames are a hot gift item these days, but anyone buying a Samsung SPF-85H 8-inch digital photo frame through Amazon.com this year may have given their loved ones a little something extra: A computer virus.
Amazon reached out to its purchasers with a note just before the holiday.
Here's a snippet of their warning to customers:
The alert concerns discovery of the W32.Sality.AE worm on the installation disc SAMSUNG FRAME MANAGER XP VERSION 1.08, which is needed for using the SPF-85H as a USB monitor. If you are using Vista or a different version of Frame Manager, this issue does not affect you.It goes on with step-by-step instructions on what to do if you are affected. Basically, users of Windows XP seem to be most at risk. This isn't the first time digital frames have been found with viruses.
Last year, according to SFGate.com, a really insidious Trojan Horse virus called Mocmex found on a variety of digital frames that recognizes and over 100 different security programs, was sold at stores that included Sam's Club, Best Buy, Target and Costco.
That virus collected passwords for online games, though experts supposed if that proved successful, there would have been more lucrative targets in their future.
It appears this year's W32.Sality.AE virus, however, is already detectable if you have up-to-date virus protection on your computer. Otherwise, it'll drop malware onto your Win32 PE executable files, making them 50kb longer as well as downloading malware from a variety of domains. Full details can be found here.