The Camera Will Cost You, But The Virus Is Free
Can you freaking believe it? It seems that a potential 1709 owners of the Olympus Stylus Tough 6010 not only got a camera, they got a little worm too. Petapixel.com says that while the camera is not at risk, Windows users can become infected when the camera is connected via a USB post. The notice was released on the Olympus Japan website on 6/8/2010. There is a search widget on the OJ site where you can plug in your serial number to see if you are affected. It’s in Japanese though, and you’ll maybe need to use a page translator.
In the source links I used for this bit of news, neither explicitly states if the wormy cameras have been sold in the USA or Canada. The sad part about this is that most of these Stylus cams likely have been purchased by unsuspecting vacationers, unwary soccer moms, and very nontech grandmotherly types. The types of people who expect to just plug and play a product. Viruses are furthest from their minds. From Graham Cluley’s blog:
Olympus says it “humbly apologises” for the incident and that it will make every effort to improve its quality control procedures in future.
Yeah, I’ll bet. I don’t have any details on exactly what the camera worm does, but I’ve got some questions for you… Who has time for this shit? And who’s been watching watching the Olympus store? Unsuspecting users who have paid good money for a reliable(?) product fall victim, while the jackasses installing this malicious crap will likely skate free and just move on to another company.
Cute little camera worm image courtesy Petapixel.com