One Million ASUS Users Hacked Through An Update
The Kaspersky Lab said that the harmful automated ASUS update had affected 1 million users. It has been stated by security researchers that hackers have infected almost thousands of computers from the Taiwanese vendor ASUS with a corrupted software in between the months of June and November 2018 through the company’s online automatic update service. The Kaspersky Lab said on March 25, 2019 that the harmful update had affected 1 million users.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?
Hackers had attacked the company’s software update system, which was used to deliver a software update with a “backdoor” which gave the hackers the access to the hijacked computers. During February, 2019, one of the computers at ASUS Computers in Jersey City, N.J, the ASUS logo was found to be infected by the hackers’ software though it is claimed that the software was designed for installation in fewer computers or machines.
The users had no knowledge about the delivery of the infected software and they had no reason not to update the machines, as it was an auto-update software.
In a blog post, the Moscow-based cybersecurity provider Kaspersky Lab stated that it was not being able to calculate the exact number of hacked and corrupted machines based on their data, but the estimation of the issue had spread worldwide affecting at least 1 million users or more and since Kaspersky had informed the company about the hacking, it has been in contact with ASUS and is also assisting them with the investigation of the whole matter since January 2019.
A spokeswoman claimed that cybersecurity company Symantec was able to track the attack on ASUS users through the ‘‘backdoor’’ auto-update software which was infected by the hackers a year ago.
Technology news website Motherboard was the first one to have reported against and shown how the hackers reached the top technology based companies and the users who were victimized by it. Kaspersky stated that the hackers might have intended to target a small group of users or (victims-tobe), however there were at least more than 57,000 users who had ended up downloading and installing the ASUS update.
ASUS has also said that it would present the software statement. Meanwhile, the investigation with the assistance of Kaspersky continues.