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34 Who's in charge of your PC? (2)

Monday 8th January, 2007

Following on a from an earlier post, which only hinted at future plans to monitor (Windows) PC users, here is a truly frightening story about an ActiveX control which seems to have been installed on all Acer laptops since 1998. This particular program which has been marked "safe for scripting" appears to allow any web page to run any command on your (Acer) laptop. The link provides more details, as well as a test for those who are concerned.

The two questions which spring to my mind are: "What exactly are Acer up to?", and "Who else is doing this?" All this has been going on unnoticed for eight years.