Apple has recently discovered that a small number of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006 have been shipped containing Windows malware.
In a statement on its website, Apple has confirmed that some Video iPods available for purchase after 12 September, 2006 left their contract manufacturer carrying a malicious file, RavMonE.exe. This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it.
Less than one percent of Video iPods shipped since 12 September are said to be affected. iPod Nanos and iPod Shuffle devices are not reported to be carrying the malicious file, which can only activate on Windows computers.
IT security company Sophos recommend that any storage device which is attached to a computer is checked for virus and other malware before use. Floppy disks, CD ROMs, USB keys, external hard drives and other devices are all capable of carrying malicious code which could infect the computers of innocent users.