Has Acer Left Its Customers Wide Open To Attacks?
from the security? dept
Sony BMG got itself in a bit of hot water when it was discovered that some of the company's CDs installed rootkits on consumers' PCs. It remains a sticky subject a year later, not just for Sony, but for other companies who want to use similar types of products to exert an inordinate amount of control over a user's computer. Now, some people are wondering if Acer has been installing an ActiveX script that allows a web site to run any program on the computer it sells, perhaps as far back as 1998. There are plenty of reasons a PC manufacturer might want to do this -- remote support or updates, for instance -- but it's hard to think they justify leaving users' PCs open to attack in such a wide-open way. Call us crazy, but it seems like PC makers should be helping to protect users when it comes to security, rather than making it easier for them to be attacked.