Phantom Script in Donated Machines

  A-Dub 19:58 18 Dec 2005
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Greetings everyone,

Please help us understand whether our concern over something we just discovered is justified.

A few months ago, we accepted a donation of used fully operational laptops running XP.

We installed a version of Netscape Navigator that included "Composer," which we used to develop a Web page. We used the visual interface to develop the page and when we opened the source to add title, keywords, etc., we found some things in the page that we had not put there, that included a "mailto:" command followed by the name of the individual that had donated the machines.

The following text (with the actual individual's name removed) appears multiple times in the Web page we developed:

p class="MsoNormal"
style="margin-left: 45pt; text-indent: -0.25in;"> !--[if !supportLists]--> span
style="font-family: Wingdings;"> span class="msoIns"> ins
cite="mailto:Firstname%20Lastname" datetime="2005-12-02T19:46"> span
style="">§ span
style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size-adjust: none;">        
/span> /span> /ins> /span> /span> !--[endif]-->Cognitive
restructuring span class="msoDel"> del cite="mailto:Fisrstname%20Lastname"
datetime="2005-12-02T19:47">, /del> /span> span class="msoIns"> ins
cite="mailto:Firstname%20Lastname" datetime="2005-12-02T19:46"> o:p> /o:p> /ins> /span> /p>

Does this mean that the person who donated these machines inserted some type of script into the operating system or some other location invisible to the novice that emails the donor content developed on this (those) machines, or is this unsubstantiated paranoia?

???

  howard63 20:10 18 Dec 2005

assuming nothing nasty has been added it would appear to me that the previous owners name remains in the registry of the machine. The program you are using to make the web page then has an automatic naming section within it that puts the mail to in at certain places.

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