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Hackers are a sneaky lot. Not content with infecting our machines with common viruses downloaded from the Web or e-mail, some like the challenge of actually infecting components sold by major computer manufacturers.

The latest example is that some clever dirtbag managed to install the W32.Spybot worm on a number of replacement motherboards for Dell servers.

Brand new or untouched machines are not in jeopardy. What are exposed are PowerEdge R310, R410, R510 and T410 machines with replacement boards.

The work is activated by running the 32-bit diagnostics or updating the unified server configurator.

If the Dell news wasn't bad enough, the company just coughed up 100 million clams to settle claims that it falsified financial reports concerning its dealings with Intel.

Posted by Doug Barney on July 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM