Razer Refreshes DeathAdder Mouse
"The famous DeathAdder gaming mouse receives a small but useful update. Is it as innocent as it seems?"
The popular gaming mouse from Razer has received an update. The mouse has had it's 1800dpi infrared 3g sensor upgraded to a 3500dpi infrared 3.5g sensor, allowing for easier and quicker movement in games. The rest of the mouse remains the same, still a right handed design with 5 'Hyperesponse' buttons, a 1ms response time, teflon feet, a gold plated USB connector and a 7 foot long cable. The updated model is expected to retail for the same price as before, around £43.
Not a major update, but it does make me wonder, is this just to try and take the attention away from their blunder? Razer have, unknowingly, allowed thousands of users to download drivers from their website, infected with malware.
The Trojan - troj.dropper.jiz, which downloads and installs a copy of worm.aspxor.ab - was spotted on Razer's product support website by anti-virus vendor Trend Micro - and reported by DownloadSquad earlier this week. The analysis of the website has shown that at least eight separate driver packages offered by Razer's support site came with the unwanted bonus, and the company claims that only "7 out of 41 [anti-virus] vendors offered generic detection" of this particular worm, making it very difficult for the end-user to know if they've been infected by the unwanted bonus.
The worm, which spreads by opening a random TCP port on the infected system and connecting to external SMTP servers in order to send spam with itself as an attachment, isn't a thing to have installed on your system: accordingly, Razer are advising users to make use of free anti-virus scanners available online from Trend Micro and Avast.
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