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Operation ShadowHammer – Supply-Chain attack hit ASUS users

Operation ShadowHammer – ASUS is the last victim of a clamorous supply chain attack that delivered a backdoor to more than one million users, Kaspersky Lab reported.

Over 1 million ASUS users may have been impacted by a supply chain attack that leveraged the ASUS Live Update utility to inject a backdoor in ASUS systems.

Kaspersky tracked the attack as Operation ShadowHammer, it took place between June and November 2018, but experts discovered it in January 2019.

“In January 2019, we discovereda sophisticated supply chain attack involving the ASUS Live Update Utility. The attack took place between June and November 2018 and according to our telemetry, it affected a large number of users.” reads the analysis published by Kaspersky Lab.

The ASUS Live Update utility is pre-installed on most ASUS computers, it allows the vendor to automatically update several components, including drivers, BIOS, UEFI, and applications. Hackers also digitally signed their malware with a stolen...(continued)

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