lexmark e spyware

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Yes, Lexmark is now in the Spyware business!

Just the other day I purchased a new Lexmark X5250 All-in-one printer. I installed it as per the instructions and monitored the install with Norton as I do with all new software.

On reviewing the install log I noticed a program called Lx_CATS had been placed in the c:\program files directory. I investigated and found a data log and an initialisation file called Lx_CATS.ini. Further investigation of this file showed that Lexmark had, without my permission, loaded a Trojan backdoor on to my computer. Furthermore,
it is embedded into the system registry, so average users would likely never know it was there and active.

This Lexmark Trojan was programmed to monitor my use of the printer by way of data collected from two DLLs in the c:\program files\lexmark500 folder. The Trojan would then send information on printer usage, including types of print activity, scanning activity, OCR activity etc., back to a hidden URL at 30 day intervals.
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