Thursday, 21 June 2012

Kew's 'Free Gift' DVDs. Malware or.....?

Kew is known for a few things..... The recently passed Dancing Man, chicken parmas at the Skinny Dog, Leo's Supermarket with a fine selection of stinky cheeses, the old Kew Lunatic Asylum, more private schools than you can poke an oversized 4WD at, and now for 'Free Gift' DVD distribution..... yeah, what!?

These DVDs used to be posted into everyone's mail boxes but times are tight. They are now left in public places such as the public phone booth outside Leo's and on footpaths.

Since the rain outside means I'm confined indoors like Julian Assange at some obscure foreign embassy, I decided to finally have a good look at exactly what these DVDs contained..... *warning* Do not try this at home. I am a trained professional have a fair idea of what I'm doing.

DVD #1. Something about Myki.... with unclosed brackets!Argh!
The Myki picture on the left is just a paper print-out... nothing more...
Disc analysis:

Size: 3.94GB
All dates: Jan 1st 2007 (Faked. A news segment on disc is 30th May other content is from late May 2012.)
3x Videos (Info below)


  Disc Info:
                 dataLength: 32
                   erasable: 0
               sessionState: 3
                 discStatus: 2
                 firstTrack: 1
               sessionCount: 1
    firstTrack(lastSession): 1
     lastTrack(lastSession): 8
                      DID_V: 0
                      DBC_V: 0
                      URU_V: 1
                      DAC_V: 0
                       DBit: 0
             BGFormatStatus: 0
                   discType: 0
                     discId: 0
       lastSessionLeadInMSF: 0:00:00
        lastStartLeadOutMSF: 0:00:00
                discBarCode: 0
                discAppCode: 0

  Track Resources:
                 dataLength: 10
              maxTrackCount: 695
         assignedTrackCount: 8
    maxAppendableTrackCount: 3
       appendableTrackCount: 687
File Listing:

dr-xr-xr-x  3 user  staff   88  1 Jan  2007 .
drwxrwxrwt@ 7 root    admin  238 21 Jun 10:11 ..
dr-xr-xr-x  2 user  staff  820  1 Jan  2007 VIDEO_TS

total 8272772
dr-xr-xr-x  2 user  staff        820  1 Jan  2007 .
dr-xr-xr-x  3 user  staff         88  1 Jan  2007 ..
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff     163840  1 Jan  2007 VIDEO_TS.BUP
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff     163840  1 Jan  2007 VIDEO_TS.IFO
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff      59392  1 Jan  2007 VIDEO_TS.VOB
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff      98304  1 Jan  2007 VTS_01_0.BUP
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff      98304  1 Jan  2007 VTS_01_0.IFO
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff  983169024  1 Jan  2007 VTS_01_1.VOB
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff  527378432  1 Jan  2007 VTS_01_2.VOB
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff      98304  1 Jan  2007 VTS_02_0.BUP
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff      98304  1 Jan  2007 VTS_02_0.IFO
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff  983285760  1 Jan  2007 VTS_02_1.VOB
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff  983148544  1 Jan  2007 VTS_02_2.VOB
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff  105785344  1 Jan  2007 VTS_02_3.VOB
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff      65536  1 Jan  2007 VTS_03_0.BUP
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff      65536  1 Jan  2007 VTS_03_0.IFO
-r-xr-xr-x  1 user  staff  651976704  1 Jan  2007 VTS_03_1.VOB

Just a single session video disc..... No Auto-Run that launches a fake AV installer, no infected PDF files to exploit an unpatched Adobe Acrobat, nothing juicy at all!  Disappointing to say the least.

At this point I've concluded we're dealing with a crazed tin-foil hatter. Or to be a lot more specific, a 45-60yo, white male, with facial hair, single, possible mental issues (autistic?), socially stunted, preference for brown pants and cardigans, balding, walks with a shuffle, has a faded fluro-strapped backpack from the mid 1990's with New Kids on the Block on it that he stole from St Vinnies.

So let's have a look at the content of the videos:

The DVD has a basic menu for three videos. Created using some freeby DVD authoring software. Little effort put into it. I tried a few Google Image searches with this image to determine which DVD authoring software was used, no luck there. The IFO files contained nothing other than video specifications/etc.... boring!

DVD Menu. 0/5 for effort buddy.

1st video - 41mins29sec. 
ABC1 News/Lateline. 7 News - Myki segment (34min-36min). Today Tonight.
You'd think a tin-foil hatter who makes a DVD about Myki would get straight to the point. No, it takes 34minutes of random badly tracked fuzzy viewing to get to the first Myki segment on the disc.

Argh my eyes! Seriously, sort that shit out with a HD TV Tuner or something better.

2nd video - 55mins43sec
More Lateline/ABC News/Sunrise/7 News
Public transport/Myki segment (51mins-53mins)
Again, in no hurry to cut to the chase. Almost 1hr of useless crap to get through before the Myki segment....

3rd video - 18mins20sec.
Some Christian movie... Anti Satanic info, with EuroVision! Ghost scene from Channel 10. Christian cartoons. Now we're having some fun! We're off the Myki bandwagon and are on the train to Cookyville, stopping all stations!

Wonky Jesus... in the house!


Bedtime reading.....

Finland at Eurovision..... 2006.

Ghost.... Some Swayze from this crazy....

A flying baby. What the serious......

@scootaworks on Twtter points out that the disc volume label indicates the DVD was most likely made with a standalone LG DVD player. A little bit more research comes up with something like this: Consistent with the dodgy production values of this disc.


These DVDs that I picked up are harmless to your computer, the same can't be said about their content to your brain. There is some fairly bizarre stuff on them. My best guess is that some warped nutter has a message he wants to distribute to the world..... and optical media is the method to his madness.

With the rapid demise of optical drives, Cooky McSpaz will soon need to move to USB keys (handy to erase and re-use!) or take 'to the cloud' and go with a pure digital distribution method..... given he can't even figure out basic video capture, editing, and DVD authoring, I think we're pretty safe this won't happen any time soon.

So my recommendation for finding media? Just bin it....... or.....

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