Wait, you can buy USB Rootkits in SkyMall?


29 Responses to “Wait, you can buy USB Rootkits in SkyMall?”

  1. jaytkay says:

    [Bullock is] not listed on the official Oscar site.

    OK, as I write this, she’s listed, and Helen Mirren is missing. Nice site, ABC.

  2. Shelby Davis says:

    Data Nano iBots? On my computer?

    It’s more likely than you think.

  3. Anonymous says:

    #26: Use panda usb vaccine. works wonders.

  4. Mark Crummett says:

    “…Not Mac compatible.”

    _Another_ good reason to use Macs!

  5. jimkirk says:

    “Stores Virtually Infinite Amount Of Text”

    or 1 GB, whichever come first.
    (Granted, 1 GB is a LOT of ASCII text.)

  6. Anonymous says:

    ** Must be logged into computer with installation rights prior to inserting device ** – great, so just buy a CD , download a root kit or anything else that saves you the 140 bucks for the usb sticks

  7. Halloween Jack says:

    Xeni, one of your co-bloggers wrote a book called Little Brother, and if you read it or are even familiar with the premise, you can probably guess the justification for this sort of thing: This One’s For The Children, of course. Not that that’s what a lot of these clowns would actually use this for (snooping on significant others and employees), and not that a reasonably smart kid wouldn’t take precautions against the “iBot”, but that’s nothing new.

  8. Jamie Graves says:

    Wait! There’s more! Go to the brickhouse security website, and look at the product description:


    It specifically states:

    **The Steath iBot does not support Windows Vista** (spelling mistake verbatim)

    Fail. Fail. Fail.

  9. Xopher says:

    Why aren’t these illegal? Never mind, I know why.

    • Anonymous says:

      Presumably using it on someone else’s computer is what’s illegal. There’ve been many past attempts to criminalize “hacker tools”, often including compilers, standard diagnostic tools, excessively flexible web browsers, etc.

  10. Anonymous says:

    “Works with XP, Vista, Vista Sp1″

    Hello Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

  11. mneptok says:

    Works With Any PC Computer Including Laptops
    Works with XP, Vista, Vista Sp1


  12. Boondocker says:

    **Legal Disclaimer: Buyers must cross their heart and hope to die, stick a needle in their eye, that they will only deploy on a computer they own.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Gotta love the legal disclaimer, because you would sooooo need to have this thing suck its screen shots and keylogs in 5 seconds (from the product description) if you **owned** the computer.

    Oh, and you could soooo totally trust it not to open a backdoor own your “other” computer when you mount it to check out the screen shots and keylogs.

  14. Anonymous says:

    The device doesn’t autorun. (I bought one to see how evil it was. It’s only diet coke evil)

  15. howaboutthisdangit says:

    So it installs a keylogger and a screencap tool. It’s fairly easy to make something like this using freely available software and information about autorun.inf files. Actually, you could do this one better by also capturing log files, index.dat files, the contents of the Recycle Bin, MRU lists, etc.

    This is why I disable autorun on my USB ports and CD/DVD drives. I know my friends well enough not to trust the bastards.

    • Anonymous says:

      No, dude, you don’t understand.

      It has Data Nano iBots, your puny technology is no match for this Undetectable Total Computer Spying Tool.

      It’s NANO, get it, NANO. You haven’t got a chance!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I know someone who’s ex installed this exact thing on her computer. Can anyone recommend a way to remove it and guard against re-installation? Some links would be very handy.

    And yes, I’ve already recommended Linux. She’s not interested.

  17. Anonymous says:

    “When Ready, Re-Insert Into USB to Retrieve Everything”

    Wonder how long that takes. Regardless, very happy to be using Macs.

  18. SamSam says:

    Do the nano iBots actually swarm into the machine from the USB stick? That’s pretty amazing! Millions of minuscule robots invading your ex’s computer, squatting in every file, perched on top of her monitor looking down at the keyboard while she types!

  19. Middlerun says:

    The part I find funniest about this is that the thumb drive in the picture is a model available in bulk with a custom logo from pretty much any promotional tchotchke company for about $8 each. They load on some software they found on the internet and sell them for $150. That’s a pretty good profit.

  20. Anonymous says:

    For only $100, I will sell you my superior version that uses PICO-Bots!

    Currently developing a Femto-Bot based version – MSRP TBD.

    • mneptok says:

      nano is superior to pico, as pico was released under a non-Free license and is no longer under active development.

      femto cannot even be considered as a replacement for nano, as it isn’t even an editor.

  21. Anonymous says:

    This device is seriously not a rootkit, not even close. Rootkits install themselves at ring 0 as an LKM / kernel module or a driver.

  22. Clemoh says:

    Undetectable By *Most* Anti-Spyware Applications

  23. jaytkay says:

    I saw a Sandra Bullock movie where they explained how Data Nano iBots Monitor All Computer Activity but this was like 15 years ago so they weren’t very nano actual people had to go into the computer to pwn it. True story.

    As if Speed weren’t awful enough. I hope they announce she won the Oscar next week and then cackle, “just kidding!! HAHAHAHAH!”

    Or maybe they already did . She’s not listed on the official Oscar site.


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