September 14, 2012
Hackers have uploaded viruses which can help them steal people’s personal data on to millions of PCs and laptops before they are even taken out of the box, Microsoft has admitted.
The company said it found malware which allows would-be criminals to remotely switch on and control cameras and microphones, among other devices, on machines which were still factory sealed. The software is loaded with counterfeit copies of Microsoft Windows, the company said.
“Cybercriminals have made it clear that anyone with a computer could become an unwitting mule for malware,” wrote Microsoft’s assistant general counsel for its Digital Crimes Unit, Richard Domingues Boscovich.