Kaspersky reported today that ASUS computers were pushed out of the factory with malware (a backdoor) installed. Should you care? Maybe.
If you're a small business (I consider small anything between 1 and 500 employees), there's a real chance you don't have a dedicated security team. There's a stronger chance that you do not have an internal cyber-intelligence team. Lastly, there's an even a bigger chance that you really don't care about ASUS computers showing up in your company with malware installed.
Wait What?! Now there's computers that come with pre-installed malware? Right out of the box?
Yes, indeed some do
In this case, attackers hitched a ride via an official software update to exploit specific systems after being individually identified and targeted by MAC address. This motherboard article from March, 25 2019 suggests that approximately 13,000 Symantec customers were infected.
This shouldn't come as a surprise in a day in time when pretty much every day there's another major breach of data , backdoor vulnerability identified, or substantial loss of intellectual property? It should matter. Small manufacturers and anyone in the Healthcare industry likely already have enough money in the budget that can keep this from happening, yet may lack the know-how.
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