As Windows XP gets cheaper for business use, the same exploits that threatened home users years ago could now infect hardware before it leaves the factory.
Researchers at the cyber security firm TrapX discovered a virus that targets computers just as they're leaving the factory. They named it Zombie Zero.
"As far as we know, this is the first APT malware introduced on a manufactured piece of hardware," Carl Wright, executive vice president and general manager for TrapX, told TechNewsWorld. "When an infected device is hooked up to a customer's system, the scanner starts looking for financial information," he explained.
The primary danger of this new virus is that everything is becoming increasingly computerized. Viruses targeted directly at the products as they're being manufactured means that the hardest part of a hack would be done.
New computers, smart watches, phones, and almost every gadget could be vulnerable to these sorts of hacks.
Experts reported on the danger of viruses like Zombie Zero.
If you don't have an advanced detection system and the APT gets under your roof, he added, "it's going to run rampant and hang around for 10 months before you figure out you're having your intellectual property stolen.
I have a sneaking suspicion that we might be seeing reports about tech manufacturers working much more closely with antivirus organizations in the near future. Until then, do yourself a favor and ditch XP right now.