McDonald's Japan came up with what it certainly thought was a great promotion recently: print a code on its soft-drink cups, then get users to send in a text message with it to see if they'd won one of 10,000 MP3 players pre-loaded with 10 free songs. But not only were the MP3 players some junky-looking McDonald's-branded model, but they came with an added bonus: spyware. Apparently the devices were laced with the QQPass trojan, which logs keystrokes and passwords. McDonald's Japan has apologized and set up a hotline for affected consumers to call. Just what good that will do remains to be seen if a consumer's passwords for financial sites have already been stolen. Ah, those halcyon days when all you had to worry about from McDonald's giveaways was keeping babies from choking on their small pieces...
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