HP’S CEO OF IMAGING HIT BY VIRUS

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HP’S CEO OF IMAGING HIT BY VIRUS

 user 2006-06-05 at 10:59:00 am Views: 40
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    Virus Hits Joshi’s Printer Drivers At HP
    New
    York – Vyomesh “VJ” Joshi, executive vice president of
    Hewlett-Packard’s lucrative Imaging and Printing Group, is no doubt
    feeling a twinge of embarrassment.BitDefender, a Romanian antivirus
    software company, discovered that a printer driver available from HP’s
    Web site is infected with the very same Funlove virus that had affected
    a different HP driver five years ago.Funlove was discovered in the
    Korean version of the Windows 95/98 driver for the discontinued HP
    Officejet g85 All-in-One printer.The pesky Funlove virus was initially
    discovered in Japanese HP drivers in December 2000. Victims of Funlove
    are greeted by a text message reading “Fun Loving Criminal.” Then the
    virus restarts the computer and tries to change some privacy
    settings.Since the HP Officejet g85 multi-function printer is no longer
    on the market and most current virus protection programs are programmed
    to block Funlove, very few people should be affected.And though the
    slip-up is discomfiting, Joshi shouldn’t feel awkward for long. HP
    reported 5% revenue growth in its second quarter earnings report in
    mid-May that showed how vital Joshi’s printing division is to the
    company’s well-being. Of HP’s total operating profit of $1.7 billion,
    the Imaging and Printing Group brought in $1 billion .Nor should
    devotees of all-in-one printers (which often have copying, scanning and
    sometimes faxing capabilities) despair. HP has been quite aggressive
    about its multi-function printer strategy, introducing many new models
    available in both black-and-white and color .After BitDefender informed
    HP of the infection, the imaging company removed the driver from its
    site Thursday.