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(Date: 3rd June 2002) Important Security Notice to Sony VAIO Personal Computer Owners

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2002-06-03
Important Security Notice to Sony VAIO Personal Computer Owners
Sony has recently identified a security issue in one of Sony's VAIO software VAIO Manual pre-installed in some models of VAIO Personal Computers sold from November 2001 in several areas or countries. By exploiting particular software characteristics of these computers, a sufficiently skilled person may be able to obtain unauthorized access to a computer via the Internet. This could enable that person to add, change or delete data without the owner being aware of this. This issue is also present in the recovery CDs of the affected VAIO Personal Computers.

As of today (June 3rd, 2002), there have been no reports from VAIO owners of any such violations.

Affected VAIO Personal Computers
Models that are pre-installed with the VAIO Manual software, sold from November 2001 in the following areas or countries:
- East Asia (excluding Mainland China)
- Southeast Asia
- Oceania
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
NOTE: VAIO Personal Computers sold in other areas (North America, Central & South America, Europe and Mainland China) are not affected.

List of affected models
VAIO C1 Series: PCG-C1MT and PCG-C1MTL

VAIO FX Series: PCG-FX900, PCG-900H, PCG-FX950, PCG-FX950H, PCG-FX950L, PCG-FX990 and PCG-990L

VAIO GRX Series: PCG-GRX1P

VAIO R505 Series: PCG-R505AFH, PCG-R505AFL, PCG-R505AFT, PCG-R505AGL, PCG-R505AGT, PCG-R505BP, PCG-R505BFL and PCG-R505BGL

Immediate Action Required:
In order to rectify this issue, Sony has prepared a new program called the VAIO Security Enhancement Program 2 and recommends that owners download and install the new software program immediately. Please visit the VAIO Notebook Downloads Page for the relevant download.
* Note: This is an updated program. Users who had downloaded the Security Enhancement Program before 3 June 2002, should still download and install this new program.

Thank you for your understanding.