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ASUS pushes out urgent security update after attackers hacked its automatic Live Update tool
Taiwan-based technology giant ASUS is advising concerned customers to run a newly-created diagnostic tool on their Windows computers after hackers pushed out malware to what some security researchers have estimated to be as many as one million PCs using ASUS’s own Live Update software tool. As Motherboard reported earlier this week, researchers at Kaspersky discovered that malicious hackers had successfully planted malware posing as an official ASUS security update onto ASUS’s servers and signed it with two of the company’s legitimate digital certificates. In its own confirmation of the incident, Symantec revealed that at least 13,000 computers belonging to its customers were infected with the malicious software update pushed from ASUS’s Live Update server last year. Upon installation, the malicious update received by ASUS notebooks launched a scan to determine if it was running on one of the 600 unique devices that the hackers were targeting, all with the intention of downloading further malware.
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