March 26, 2019 Asus has issued a statement confirming the Asus Live Update Tool attack. In-house software belonging to tech giant Asus has been compromised by nefarious actors, a report by Kaspersky Lab says – later confirmed by Asus. The Asus Live Update Utility software has been utilised as a means to install a malicious backdoor on some 57,000 Windows computers – if not hundreds of thousands more beyond its reach – and subsequent malware on a select, targeted few. Asus confirmed the attack took place in a statement, claiming “a small number of devices have been implanted with malicious code through a sophisticated attack on our Live Update servers in an attempt to target a very small and specific user group.” The initial report by Kaspersky Lab claims that a compromised server over at Asus HQ was utilised to send digitally-signed and ‘secure’ software, complete with compromising backdoor, unwittingly to users’ PCs between June and November 2018. Once installed, it would search for pre-determined MAC addresses, hinting toward the targeted nature of this attack, and, if found, connect to a third-party server that would install malware on these machines. If you’re worried you may be infected after the attack, you can utilise the Asus online… Read full this story
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