Seagate Ships Virus-laden Hard Drives

Subcontractor, located in China?  Sounds suspiciously like something to do with toys, doesn't it?  But this involves hard drives, rather than toys and lead paint.

Seagate is warning that a "small number" of its Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 hard drives recently shipped with the Virus.Win32.AutoRun.ah virus, malicious software that "searches for passwords for online games and sends them to a server located in China," according to a note posted on the Seagate Web site. Only drives purchased since August 2007 are affected, Seagate said.

The hard drive maker is blaming an unnamed subcontractor, located in China, for the problem. Seagate said it learned about the problem from anti-virus vendor Kaspersky Lab. According to published reports, Seagate has had problems with Maxtor Basics drives sold over the past few months in the Netherlands and Taipei.

Well, outsourcing works well, doesn't it.  First toys, now hard drives.