Seagate has issued a warning about Trojan Virus.Win32.AutoRun.ah that has infected a number of shipped hard drives.

An excerpt from ZDNet:

Seagate said that anti-virus vendor Kaspersky Lab had discovered the existence of a virus on some of its Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 hard drives.

The anti-virus company identified the virus as Virus.Win32.Ruh.ah — malware that can disable virus-detection software, although its prime function is to search for online game passwords and send them to a server in China.

This is not the first time that Seagate has shipped infected drives (VNUnet). While no hard drive manufacturer wants to be associated with Malware distribution, it should be noted by consumers to take apt precautions with new drives. As mentioned by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet, these precautions include a clean scan and wipe out on drives before they are put to use.

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Seagate Storage Units Ship with Virus (eWeek)

Chinese Trojan on Maxtor HDDs spooks Taiwan (ChannelRegister)

Hard disk trojan sends saved files to websites (PC Pro)

Seagate Ships Virus-Laden Hard Drives (PC World)