Asus has recently admitted that some of their Eee Box desktop PC’s have shipped with a virus. While they’ve claimed that they’ve only sent boxes with viruses to Japan, it can be confirmed that other territories have received units as well.
As stated by an email sent out by Asus, the Eee Box’s 80GB hard drive has the “recycled.exe” virus files hidden in the drive’s D: partition. Once the drive is opened, the virus activates and infects the C: drive, as well as any removable drives connected to the system. Symantec states that the malware is likely to be a W32/Usbalex worm, which creates an “autorun.inf” file to trigger “recycled.exe” from D:.
With any luck, Asus will have this under control before they send out their next shipments. Until then though, be sure to look out for any of these new boxes shipping to a desk near you, they could be waiting to take all of your precious information.
The ASUS eee PC has made a big splash in the ultra-cheap PC/appliance market, so the popular motherboard and PC maker is aiming for a sequel, the eee Box, due to become available in US and elsewhere later this summer.
Like its laptop predecessor, the eee Box is designed to be a low-cost PC appliance designed for web surfing and light-duty word-processing, emailing, and similar tasks. However, the eee Box has little in common with its laptop predecessor. Read on to discover what's different "under the hood."