A virus is a nasty piece of malicious code, which wriggles through smallest of the holes in the big walls. In the past, there have been a couple of instances where codes have even entered manufacturing processes of storage products and infected a batch of them.
HP Australia happened to ship its ProLiant servers with optional USB keys, and they happened to contain viruses! Two low-risk worms namely Fakerecy and SillyFDC to be precise. If the hardware carries a virus even before being used, then where’s the guarantee of protection and security against those that originate later! But why wasn’t this found out at the factory itself? HP is giving chance to derive as many cool names that might help them re-brand themselves such as “highly prerogative”. Sounds cool, eh?