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Asus Ships Cracking Software On Recovery DVD

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the cold-sweat-in-taiwan dept.

Security 263

Barence writes "Asus is accidentally shipping software crackers and confidential documents on the recovery DVDs that come with its laptops. The startling discovery was made by a PC Pro reader whose antivirus software was triggered by a key cracker for the WinRAR compression software, which was located on the recovery DVD for his Asus laptop. Along with the key cracker the disc also contained confidential Asus documents including a PowerPoint presentation that details 'major problems' identified by the company, including application compatibility issues. The UK reader is not alone, either — several users in the US and Australia have also found suspicious files on Asus discs."

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263 comments

Someone Is Getting Fired (4, Insightful)

maz2331 (1104901) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038073)

Someone is getting fired, and Asus is going to be getting sued.

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired (5, Insightful)

petwalrus (645792) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038247)

I suspect perhaps they already were getting fired anyhow and decided to leave behind a 'legacy' they could be remembered for.

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired (5, Interesting)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038317)

I suspect perhaps they already were getting fired anyhow and decided to leave behind a 'legacy' they could be remembered for.

Good thing they included their résumé [imageshack.us] in there. : p

Goes to show how PERVASIVE piracy is (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038453)

If you can't keep it off your distribution CDs, you just have WAAAAAAY too much of it around.

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired (2, Informative)

Four_One_Nine (997288) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038277)

It's truly amazing how difficult it is to fire people in many organizations, so I doubt it is a guarantee that anyone will be fired.

However this is exactly the kind of public exposure of software piracy that the offended companies can use to boost earnings.

Firings=No Lawsuits=Yes

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired (1)

daedae (1089329) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038729)

Really? All of the places I've worked (well, okay, so that's just been a university and Intel) have been "at will" employment--either party can terminate employment for any (or no) reason.

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039081)

Not for any reason, but yes for no reason.

There are reasons it is legal to fire someone though.

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired (1)

daedae (1089329) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039263)

True, for a broad enough definition of any that was a false statement. I guess those restrictions are the ones that get called "no reason" ;)

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired (4, Interesting)

adpsimpson (956630) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038457)

Was it not Windows XP, before any service packs, which came with a file in the 'My Videos' which, when opened in a text editor, showed the cracked software version used to create it?

Did anyone ever lose their jobs over that one?

I've had a look on Google but searching for "Windows pirate video" only has one or two results...

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired (5, Informative)

Skrynesaver (994435) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038663)

It was in the wav files used in the XP tour introduction thinghy

LISTB INFOICRD 2000-04-06 IENG Deepz0ne ISFT Sound Forge 4.5

Was present in the files, a sign that a pirated version of Sound Forge from Deepz0ne of the Radium warez crew.

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired (2, Insightful)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039057)

I remember thinking that should have been kind of a big deal. Then I remember never hearing another word about it before now.

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired (5, Funny)

Skrynesaver (994435) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039247)

True, I wonder why the BSA never got involved ;)

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired *CORRECTED (0, Redundant)

ziggy00001 (1250832) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038915)

Someone is getting fired, and Asus is getting sued....NA, NA, NA, POO, POO

Re:Someone Is Getting Fired (2, Funny)

wud (709053) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039071)

I don't think asus will get sued by winrar. This is obviously an accident, and im sure asus has purchased legal copies, or atleast they have now. Now they might get sued by Microsoft for violating the nda.

Software Crackers? (5, Funny)

TheNecromancer (179644) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038075)

Do they come with cheese?

Re:Software Crackers? (1)

Timothy Brownawell (627747) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038367)

Yes, it's in the floppy drive.

Cue lawsuit.... (4, Insightful)

CdBee (742846) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038077)

Asus, however accidentally / carelessly, have just made themselves the obvious target of a lawsuit for distribution of tools for copyright infringement...

Re:Cue lawsuit.... (1)

wanderingknight (1103573) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039121)

Worse (or better) than that, they also released some of their source code. Better Linux compatibility anyone? :D

Re:Cue lawsuit.... (4, Insightful)

MadJo (674225) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039427)

Did Microsoft get sued for its use of a cracked version of Sound Forge?
No?
Then why will ASUS be sued?

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038087)

wow, what a fuckup.

I feel bad for whoever caused this - dude, we're gunna be smoking weed all day if you want to hang out after you get fired.

All of this could have been avoided (5, Funny)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038125)

If only they'd used 7zip instead! Oh, you fools!

Re:All of this could have been avoided (-1, Redundant)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038715)

An archive is an archive. How could this have been avoided by using .7z? The only thing I can think of is security by obscurity from using an uncommon format.

Re:All of this could have been avoided (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038743)

Wait, nevermind. You are saying they should have used 7zip instead of WinZip. My mistake.

Re:All of this could have been avoided (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038745)

7zip doesn't require a key so there would have been no crack to put on the CD? ::whoosh::

Re:All of this could have been avoided (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25039419)

7zip doesn't require a key so there would have been no crack to put on the CD? !!whoosh!!

WinRAR (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038145)

Who needs a serial cracker for WinRAR when it just keeps working after the trial period anyway?

Re:WinRAR (2, Insightful)

setagllib (753300) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038423)

Who needs WinRAR when you have 7-Zip?

Re:WinRAR (5, Informative)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038607)

Which, for the benefit of those who have never used 7-Zip [7-zip.org] , fully supports unpacking RAR archives out of the box without having to have unrar or WinRAR at all.

Now if you want to make RAR files, then you'll need rar or WinRAR. But also you should note that 7-Zip's native 7z format gets rather better compression than RAR. ;)

Re:WinRAR (2)

cawpin (875453) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038849)

But also you should note that 7-Zip's native 7z format gets rather better compression than RAR. ;)

Not in my experience. Also, 7zip's software is horrid compared to WinRAR. Also, there is a fully functional version of WinRAR available for free. They released it in a 1 day giveaway sometime last year I believe.

Re:WinRAR (3, Informative)

Benanov (583592) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039039)

7zip has a good UI *if* you mainly use the shell integration features (enabled by default.)

7zip is also FSF-Free minus unrar.dll, whereas WinRAR has very restrictive licensing terms.

Re:WinRAR (1)

Fast Thick Pants (1081517) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038857)

Tagging along with the offtopic 7-zip lovefest -- this program rocks! A little quirky, but worth it. I literally did a double-take recently when I made a 7z-format archive of a bunch of rtf files that came out to 4% of the original size.

Re:WinRAR (1)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039355)

Who needs WinRAR when you have 7-Zip?

Damn right. 7-zip is not only a functional piece of software; even its user interface is good, and it's well integrated with 'doze. I'd say it's at least as good as the best of the for-pay compressors/decompressors, if not better!

Re:WinRAR (4, Interesting)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038643)

My guess would be to get rid of the nag screen? That said,I thought all the PC makers loved to put trialware on the machines to help lower their cost. Someone at Asus needs to have their resume up to date,and I hope Asus has plenty of cash on hand,because this will probably get ugly real fast. Talk about a slam dunk lawsuit.

Does anyone know if the crack is carrying a trojan? The fact that it is setting off virus scanners tells me that it might,which means if it was used on the original Asus install image there is a lot of infected machines out there. Of course simply having a folder called cracks on the CD is bad enough,but if it is also trojaned it could be REALLY costly for Asus. But as always this is my 02c,YMMV

Re:WinRAR (3, Funny)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038821)

The fact that it is setting off virus scanners tells me that it might,which means if it was used on the original Asus install image there is a lot of infected machines out there.

It's on a Windows DVD.

Asus is just saving its users some time. No point delaying the inevitable.

Re:WinRAR (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039073)

Ha ha,damn that is funny. Of course I'll need to tell that to my 8 year old install of Win2K who is happily running this that it is really infected by undetectable Windows bugs,because it hasn't had a single piece of malware in all these years. Of course I don't click on the dancing bunnies either.

But seriously,as a PC repairman I have seen a lot of users machines infected by these keygens/cracks that turn out to carry either rootkits or trojans. And depending on the site they got it from we are talking 85-95% of them carrying bugs. If Asus used one of these on the OS that was imaged it is going to cost them a pretty penny,since we are not only talking about the companies whose software is cracked,but also the users who might have had their data exposed to hackers. This could very easily go class action and get really costly for Asus. Personally I hate class actions as the lawyers make out like bandits and the victims get screwed,but when you are talking as many machines as Asus ships it does seem like a ripe target for one. But as always this is my 02c,YMMV

Re:WinRAR (3, Interesting)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039067)

i'm not completely sure, but i believe that anti-virus makers often classify keygens and cracks as viruses. it's a way of posturing to scare the public away from using these programs despite their innocuous nature.

problem is, there are some warez downloads that genuinely do contain trojans/viruses, so if your AV program is set off by a download it's difficult to know if it's a legitimate threat or simply the AV makers trying to manipulate the public.

i imagine a lot of security analysis tools (which can be used for both white hat and black hat purposes) probably set off AV programs as well.

i can see how AV software detecting warez programs might be a useful feature to businesses who want to protect themselves from lawsuits, but it should at least make a distinction between viruses/trojans/malware and warez/hacking programs which aren't harmful to the user's computer. it's not really the place of AV makers to tell users that they can't use a keygen, crack, or security tool. that's not why most people run AV programs.

Instead of googling keycracker... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038157)

... i'll just look at my recovery cd.

Wikileaks please ... (-1, Troll)

meist3r (1061628) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038165)

kthxbai

Example of "WinRAR Full" 4chan meme useage on /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038171)

This is full of WinRAR... wait.. this is full of FAIL.

One of the files is someone's resume (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038217)

To that person: If your goal was to get your resume noticed, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

This was a triumph (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038451)

I'm making a note here. HUGE SUCCESS!

Cracking WinRAR is lame (3, Informative)

Spatial (1235392) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038219)

WinRAR is free to use, last time I checked it only asked you to buy it through a brief, unintrusive nag window. Cracking it is really damn lame.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038315)

I think the tool is actually for extracting the passwords for any protected archives created with the WinRAR application...

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1, Redundant)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038363)

7zip is also superior and free.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (2, Interesting)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038477)

7zip is not superior. It's incredibly slow. I've tried 7zip many times over the past couple of years, hoping it to finally be a superior product to the needlessly expensive WinRAR ($35!), but it never happens.

Uncompressing a file in WinRAR consistently takes up to or over 10x as long to uncompress in 7zip. Try it yourself. WinRAR is even faster with .7z archives.

I tested both products with WinXP x86, Vista Ultimate x86, and Vista Ultimate x64, all on the same 7200RPM SATA2 HDD.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

Clarious (1177725) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038583)

I have also tested 7zip and Winrar, while 7zip is a bit slower I sure that it does not take 10x as long as winrar to uncompress something. I also found that 7zip have better compression rate than rar though not much (at least with my files).

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039315)

I'm not exaggerating when I state this 10x delay. I'm probably understating. The bigger the file, the longer it takes. A RAR file that took 15 minutes to unzip in WinRAR would have literally taken a day and a half in 7Zip - and that was with a quad core Intel CPU on a 64-bit OS, unzipping from one physical HDD to another.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (0)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038667)

7zip is not superior. It's incredibly slow.

[Citation needed]

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038757)

citation [slashdot.org]

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039359)

Try it yourself. I can only speak for my experience using 3 OSes on my own computer, and one OS on someone else's computer. The results were consistent for me but I hope they're better for everyone else and that I simply used it wrong.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038867)

tbf it is slightly slower, not 10x though. and why the fuck are you looking for speed for uncompressing something like a rar file? there are much better formats for fast compression decompression and apparently .7zip is better for flat out compression too.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039389)

It is definitely not slightly slower. For me, in my isolated but multiple tests, 7Zip was obscenely slow. I tried on many OSes on 2 PCs and the results were very similar. Your mileage may vary. Me, I won't try it again until the next major version.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039227)

Uncompressing a file in WinRAR consistently takes up to or over 10x as long to uncompress in 7zip. Try it yourself. WinRAR is even faster with .7z archives.

So you are saying a file that takes 10 seconds in winrar could take upto 1m40s in 7zip? Or a file that takes 1 minute in winrar could take up to 10 minutes in 7zip?

Please, at least give a believable factor.. yes you said "up to", but seriously in general is it even twice as slow? I doubt it. From my experience, no it's not and the time I save not clicking a nag banner makes it faster.

If winrar is so superior to other zip software then why don't they advertise benchmarks? Seems like a great selling feature to me.. if it were true.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039431)

Yes, in my tests it looked like it was going to take WELL over 10x as long to uncompress the same file in 7Zip. I can't say for certain because I took 7Zip's word for it when its estimate told me it would take about 33 hours to unzip a file that literally took 15 minutes in WinRAR.

It's entirely possible that I used the product wrong or that there was a problem on both the PCs I tried, but if this was true then I'd rather use WinRAR simply because it worked better out of the box with no additional configuration.

I was very likely understating my frustration with 7Zip. I think it's appropriate to zip up a DOC for an email attachment but in my opinion it's worthless for backup and archival use on anything but a very small scale.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

SBFCOblivion (1041418) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039353)

I don't see it now, but I recall reading on 7zip's website that it was slower because it had to avoid violating compression patents.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038575)

lacks the ability to put individual files into sepeerate archives as a batch operation using the gui thus 7zip is not superiot

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25039311)

Maybe not, however your typos are a superiot.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

Nimey (114278) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038599)

7zip's interface isn't all that friendly to n00bs. jZip's got a nice interface & the 7zip backend, but the license isn't Free and it doesn't support creating as many archives as 7z does.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

xonar (1069832) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038763)

I don't know how I'd live without 7zips simple context-menu interface and speedy compression times. I always hated winrar though, I used Winace back in the day.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

cawpin (875453) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038865)

Are you on crack? WinRAR is far quicker than 7zip.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (1)

Clarious (1177725) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038875)

Err , a n00b only need to create and extract archives, and I think 7zip context menu does that just find. I don't think an archiver program need to have an interface after all, everything should be provided via context menu.

Re:Cracking WinRAR is lame (3, Informative)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039049)

IZarc is also free (beer not speech). I use it on all the systems I have. I love it.

Change we can believe in... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038231)

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=28577 [humanevents.com]

Hmmmm, seems I remember Democrats bitching about just this sort of tactic when the Republicans were in charge. I guess revenge is more important now than a realistic energy policy. Now one must ask themselves - would this situation improve with the same party running Congress AND the White House, or would the American people be subjected to even more legislative inaction and tyranny? My guess is for the latter. Obama is way too weak and spineless to keep Drill-Nowhere Pelosi and Tax-Dodger Reid from running roughshod over the rest of us poor plebians.

Random thoughts...

Isn't it odd that the man who is in charge of tax legislation in this country is having all sorts of tax problems right now - like having been caught not reporting rental income from one of his houses in the Dominican Republic for the last 20 years? Harry Reid may think that John McCain has too many houses, but my guess is that Harry Reid also has alot of houses, and John McCain pays his taxes.

Joe Biden's own words:

Barack Obama is surprisingly clean and well-spoken for a negro.

Hillary would be a better VP than him.

A woman in the White House is a step back for women just because she doesn't believe that murdering children in utero is a sacred right that the founders secretly encoded into the Constitution.

Well that's what you get (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038263)

Putting the CEO's dim-witted nephew Steve in charge of disc duplication seemed like such a good idea. I mean, how could anyone screw something THAT simple up, right?

Down already? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038273)

Link looks down already. Any specific file names I should look for?

I just hope... (1)

tom_75 (1013457) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038291)

Asus bundles their next product with Photoshop CS4 and 3ds Max CD's :)

So how long... (1, Redundant)

Darundal (891860) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038309)

...until some of the documents end up on Torrent sites?

Re:So how long... (1)

BUL2294 (1081735) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038931)

...until some of the documents end up on Torrent sites?

What, they're not there yet? Damn slacking software pirates...

It will be interesting to see (4, Insightful)

mandark1967 (630856) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038311)

How the cracking software got onto the restore DVD as well as why it was even present at Asus in the first place.

I can't imagine why a company like Asus would even "need" to crack software keys when they can, most likely, get it at a discount. I mean, it's not like Asus is a barely-scraping-by company that is unable to afford even simple tools.

Re:It will be interesting to see (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038469)

Both Taiwan and mainland China, let alone Hong Kong, pirated software is easy to obtain. I'd place my bets on either of...

1. The disc master's computer had this information
2. The disc replication (usually china/taiwan) factory had this software, and someone didn't erase their image drive.

I'd put more money on 1 due to the power point file about the company. This would suggest that it was done carelessly or intentionally and a whole lot of QC didn't happen before the disc got put in the box.

Re:It will be interesting to see (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038601)

Asus is a Taiwanese company. You would be surprised how common pirated software is in Taiwan. If you buy a laptop, you would expect it to come with pirated software... I was surprised when a friend of mine bought an Apple's powerbook (through a third party vendor) and it came with pirated copies vmware, photoshop, etc.

Re:It will be interesting to see (0)

ctnp (668659) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038655)

I hear that software piracy runs pretty rampant, even at a corporate level, in China. Not surprised at the story but they certainly have egg on their face now.

Re:It will be interesting to see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038687)

Almost every computers here have Winrar, cracked or not.

Re:It will be interesting to see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038817)

Chances are probably good that ASUS, the company, had nothing to do with it - that this was the result of one of their engineers who had been diddling around, creating the CD image and was lazy and sloppy in the process... he/she is probably unemployed by now, too.

Re:It will be interesting to see (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038861)

I mean, it's not like Asus is a barely-scraping-by company that is unable to afford even simple tools.

Yet.

Software crackers... (0, Offtopic)

kokho (1356993) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038321)

Damn... what happened to the good ol' days when people used to eat real crackers...

Leaked docs (1)

Stavr0 (35032) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038381)

Has anyone sent them to Wikileaks yet?

Cracking tool? What about the docs? (5, Insightful)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038391)

A directory containing a large number of confidential Microsoft documents for PC manufacturers, including associated keys and program files

I would think that this would be of much more interest than some cracking tool one can download. Even the Asus source code should be of more interest as it could be used to improve FLOSS support.

alt.binary.asus.stupid.employe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038409)

surprise, surprise This will be a tricky entry on ones job application for future employment. Reason for leaving last job? ....Maybe McDonalds doesnt care, and there is always the Nike tennis shoe factory.

Rule #1: If you learn something, don't tell anyone (-1)

Simonetta (207550) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038455)

Why are they telling anyone about this in a public forum? To alert people of the 'dangers' of not erasing a hard disk before selling it? To check to see what's actually in the product before you ship it? As if we didn't know?

We keep being told by those who know that information is valuable; information is power; information creates wealth. Golly! (sheeet! in Eubonics_Jive) As IT people we certainly throw this line around a lot to people.

But only when information is limited and concentrated, and held discrete, and delivered discretely to the right people. Information that is open and publicly distributed loses its value very quickly.

So why would anyone who understands this principal violate it in such a silly and self-righteous manner as calling a press conference and claiming that you found valuable information accidentally left on a computer that you just purchased? To the right people, this information is worth at least the value of the laptop. If it wasn't, than it wouldn't be a topic on Slashdot. So who doesn't want a free cool laptop? Someone who definitely gets paid too much money.

  IF, and that's a big-bottomed if, information is valuable; information is power; information creates wealth then don't degrade it by destroying it in such a cavalier fashion, my friend.

  It reflects poorly on the rest of us who appreciate the value of fine, focused, and timely information.

Thank you schmuck,
Simonetta

Re:Rule #1: If you learn something, don't tell any (0, Offtopic)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038533)

(sheeet! in Eubonics_Jive)

I believe the correct spelling is shyyyyyyaat!

Re:Rule #1: If you learn something, don't tell any (3, Insightful)

Lostlander (1219708) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038579)

Because if it's on a recovery CD which is duplicated a thousand times then it's worthless to the company you want to blackmail as they're screwed anyway so why pay for your extortion.

Not just a hard disk (2, Insightful)

Lonewolf666 (259450) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039043)

If you read TFA, you will find that this is more than a case of a hard disk someone forgot to erase before selling an old computer.

This time, the wayward data are on a recovery DVD that comes with new ASUS computers, and presumably hundreds or thousands have been shipped. Which makes the following two differences:
1) Trying to keep this secret is probably futile, there are too many copies floating around.
2) Distributing stuff by accident in this way is an epic, newsworthy blunder. Much worse than forgetting to erase a single harddisk.
 

The Butterfly Effect (5, Funny)

Dystopian Rebel (714995) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038487)

A guy burns a master CD while smoking a joint in Taiwan... Somewhere in Redmond, a large office chair is hurtled through a pane of glass.

Review Process Fail (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038539)

EPIC FAIL

How do you mix these sorts of data up like this, and how that it even approaches production? Granted there may not be much of a content review process before driver disks get made, but come on! A powerpoint of major flaws included on a DRIVER DISK?!

Bet there'll be a review process now! HAH!

They put other stuff on there too (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038657)

Imagine my surprise when an immediate restart after driver installation off of an asus cd booted my computer into a broken version of freedos. An explanation written 4 years ago of what happened to me is here: http://www.freedos.org/freedos/news/technote/211.html
 

Anyone have a Mirror Image of Disk file? (1)

McFly69 (603543) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038791)

I don't know about anyone else, but I personaly would love to see these powerpoint's and word documents. Just from personal perpective... but of course these document may prevent me from buying any ASUS products.

Re:Anyone have a Mirror Image of Disk file? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25039285)

It's okay, no need to lie. We all know what you REALLY want is that winRAR crack program!

Now that's service! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038891)

I love Asus. That would save me lots of time in not having to search for the crack and break into Asus's network to steal their private documents.

It happens, when QC isn't very high. Example: (4, Insightful)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038929)

Several years ago I worked in a very large and respectable company that shall remain unnamed (but whose name rhymes with, say, "Nokia"...) and we just shipped our turnkey system with our software AND with the source code. And the company wasn't (and still isn't, AFAIK, but don't work for them since a long time) an open-source company :o) It was a screwup by the consultant guys in India.

I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often, knowing the level of QC that happens in India and China.

oh, right, [wnd.com] I forgot [nytimes.com] that it does [washingtonpost.com] indeed happen. [guardian.co.uk] Even nowadays (de javu). [time.com]

Re:It happens, when QC isn't very high. Example: (5, Funny)

BUL2294 (1081735) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038979)

I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often, knowing the level of QC that happens in India and China.

"The quality checking will be happening as optional."

Re:It happens, when QC isn't very high. Example: (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039333)

deja vu, not de javu

So.. (1)

Trelane (16124) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039013)

where are the files? I'm highly curious to get a peek into the secret goings-on of a major Microsoft OEM.

This demonstrates the importance of formal English (4, Funny)

hey! (33014) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039069)

Especially in international, multi-cultural enterprises.

When the executives said they wanted "Cracking software" on the CD, they meant it in the same way that Wallace does when he compliments Gromit on breakfast: "Cracking toast, Gromit!"

Asus had to compete with MSI (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25039313)

Because, you know, after MSI threw in those free moviez [engadget.com] , ASUS had to up the ante a little :)

Not the first time (1)

Xian97 (714198) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039341)

I remember years ago that The Settlers 2 had a crack for SciTech's Display Doctor, a shareware DOS VESA utility, buried away in one of it's directories.

PRON!! (1)

Dancindan84 (1056246) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039385)

I'm just surprised that the CD didn't wind up with his pron collection on it.

AsusGirl? (1)

kap.devoid (1194165) | more than 5 years ago | (#25039409)

I think they should opted for the AsusGirl approach instead.
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