Often we buy new storage device and plugin to some of our very important systems (PC or server or notebook) thinking it to be totally safe since its a brand new device. How ever a recent news may send scare through any IT professional working with a system having sensitive data or information.
An Australian film maker Darryl Mason, bought a new hard drive from a well known Australian departmental brand Dick Smith. The reason for purchase was to back up video footage of his upcoming films from his laptop. The data was very sensitive and precious in terms of effort was put in to shoot, hence he never connected the laptop to any other storage or to Internet to prevent any malware infection or such.
However to his utter surprise, he found the new hard drive already had few Pirated Movies and after connecting the hard disk, his laptop is reporting file corruption with many of his videos and files indicating presence of possible malware in the device.
Read in Details -> Exposed: ‘new’ Dick Smith hard drive full of pirated movies
It should be warring to all IT professional and home users too. Never to trust even a new device. Always pre-scan the device before plugging it to an important system if there is no security software present in that.
Tip for home users
Malware protection is not that costly by the way. Microsoft offers a real time scanner called Security Essential for free to all Windows users.
Download is simple, easy to use (infact all it needs is installation and it works in background) and update. Comes with real time scanner to protect the system for unwanted infections and very light weight on system resources too.
Microsoft Security Essentials -> http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx