Closely following McDonalds' trouble with infected MP3 players, Apple has now confirmed that a small number of Video iPods were shipped with malware onboard. According to an announcement on the Apple support site, Video iPods purchased after September 12th could potentially contain a copy of W32.Rajump. Like W32.Pasobir, the worm found on the McDonalds MP3 players, it too has the ability to copy itself to removable USB drives. Apple is recommending that users run an antivirus scan of their Video iPod before use.
Apple is quick to point out that the worm will only run on Windows computers; however, this doesn't negate the need for strict security policies in manufacturing environments. The episodes at McDonalds and Apple also demonstrate the need for scanning external storage devices before use. Fortunately, in both of these recent cases the malware in question is old. Therefore users with up-to-date antivirus definitions should be automatically protected.