Security 08 Mar
Moscow based cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab has revealed that hackers were able to hack one of the servers of Taiwanese technology company Asus. As a result of this hack, Asus unknowingly pushed out malware to over a million users worldwide.
Kaspersky labs have reported that more than 57,000 people had installed the malicious software on their computers after hackers attacked the server which hosts the live software update tool. This attack which took place between June and November last year was used to deliver a software update with a ‘backdoor’ that would give hackers access to thousands of computers.
“We are not able to calculate the total count of affected users based only on our data; however, we estimate that the real scale of the problem is much bigger and is possibly affecting over a million users worldwide. The trojanised utility was signed with a legitimate certificate and was hosted on the official Asus server dedicated to updates, and that allowed it to stay undetected for a long time," Kaspersky said in a blog post.
This attack shows how hackers are able to maximize the impact by targeting large technology companies and their suppliers to reach a large number of users. Kaspersky calls this method as “ShadowHammer” and has already added a supply-chain detection technology to its scanning tool. Another research company, Researchers at another cyber-security firm Symantec were also able to identify the attack against Asus users.
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