China Is Just Plain Sloppy…

Or are they? Are all the *mistakes* coming out of China just mistakes? Or something more sinister? While reading through email I came across this site and found this article. It seemed important to pass along. So here is a service announcement for this week.  Please visit their site:Freedom 21

Gadgets may come bundled with a virus

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published March 16, 2008

From iPods to navigation systems, some of today’s hottest gadgets are landing on store shelves with some unwanted extras from the factory – pre-installed viruses that steal passwords, open doors for hackers and make computers spew spam.

Computer users have been warned for years about virus threats from downloading Internet porn and opening suspicious e-mail attachments. Now they run the risk of picking up a digital infection just by plugging a new gizmo into their PCs.

Recent cases reviewed by The Associated Press include some of the most widely used tech devices: Apple iPods, digital picture frames sold by Target and Best Buy stores and TomTom navigation gear.

In most cases, Chinese factories – where many companies have turned to keep prices low – are the source.

So far, the virus problem appears to come from lax quality control – perhaps a careless worker plugging an infected music player into a factory computer used for testing – rather than organized sabotage by hackers or the Chinese factories.

It’s the digital equivalent of the recent series of tainted products traced to China, including toxic toothpaste, poisonous pet food and toy trains coated in lead paint.

But while sloppiness is the simplest explanation, it is not the only one.

Read the full story HERE:

Is anyone getting sick and tired of cheap Chinese products that maybe work or maybe you get more than you paid for? Silly me for thinking I only want what I’m paying for. Makes me wonder about those DVD’s I’ve been buying lately. What could they have done to those? Am I sounding just a tad bit paranoid? Well just cuz they are out to get ya, doesn’t mean you need to go all paranoid, right? <rolls eyes>

What ever happened to good old American ingenuity? Have they made us so poor that we have to accept inferior products just to get by? That’s a depressing thought. And why would the Chinese accept lower wages for longer hours anyway? Do they have to?

I thought I’d leave you with this tidbit more from the article:

In one case, digital frames sold at Sam’s Club contained a previously unknown bug that not only steals online gaming passwords but disables antivirus software, according to security researchers at CA Inc.

Check out the site while you are there reading the article. It has an interesting premise to it. They are a counter to the New World Order’s (UN) Amendment 21 or something to that effect.

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~ by justmytruth on March 28, 2008.

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