The Digital Reader has an article up on how the new Nook Tablet 7 comes preloaded with some of the most complete rootkit/malware/spyware packages on the planet, which is a tough competition.
Here’s a more complete technical overview on Linux Journal, but the short form is burn it with fire, or, to quote page three: “Realistically, the only safe way to use the BNTV450 would involve a format of the eMMC, and the installation of a third-party ROM, should one become available.”
For bonus points, it’s still vulnerable to the utterly amazing Stagefright exploit which made such news last year. Nice.
So, yeah. If you have one of these, or receive one of these, do not use it at all. Don’t even turn it on. Take it back for a refund immediately. Sorry.
ps: I am no longer surrounded by floppy diskettes. Thank the gods. But check out this floppy diskette that, perhaps unsurprisingly, I could not recover:
That’s not reflection: that’s light showing up through the diskette. Is that nuts or what? This is a 5.25″ floppy diskette pulled from its envelope, showing that somehow, on both sides, the media in those tracks got scraped off down to the clear plastic underneath.
I now have a little collection of media I refer to as ULTRAFUCKED, and this one is their god.