Hohoho! External Seagate/ "Maxtor Basics 500gb", comes with trojan/keylogger :)

TAIPEI (Reuters) - U.S. computer hardware maker Seagate Technology (STX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said some external disc drives sold in Taiwan had been infected with a virus which reportedly sent users’ information to China, but it had since fixed the problem.

The English-language Taipei Times, quoting the Investigation Bureau, reported around 1,800 hard discs, used to store large amounts of information often as a backup device, had been sold with a Trojan horse virus.

This follow up finds Seagate Basics 3200 sold after August were found with a boot-sector virus (already pulled off shelves, they claim.).

This would really explain why inserting some brand new drives in my system gave me MBR errors - I had to run fixmbr tools. I love finding stories to justify my paranoia.