Cupertino (CA) – It was bound to happen sooner or later, Apple is warning that some of its new iPods are infected with a Windows virus. Apple says that a “small number” of video iPods, produced after September 12th 2006, were infected with the RavMonE.exe virus. The company has received fewer than 25 reports of infected iPods.
Apple says the virus infected only the video iPod and not the Nano or any of the Apple computers. The iPods were infected by a Windows machine at a contract factory. An official statement and apology was posted to Apple’s website and you can view that here.
Apple is placing some of the blame on the Windows operating system and said, “As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it.”
The RavMonE virus doesn’t cause any serious damage or data loss, but it does act as a trojan horse that could allow other, more serious, viruses to infect the computer.
The offending computer has been found and dealt with and Apple says it doesn’t expect any more infected iPods to be produced.