None of the technology firms in existence today wants to be associated with nefarious activity. In the real world, however, it is not as easy to avoid such situations. For ASUS, its update mechanism has fallen victim to more abuse by criminals. Through this service, hackers were able to install backdoor malware on target PCs.
ASUS Faces Another PR Problem
On the one hand, it is commendable to see PC manufacturers offer an update system to keep their clients’ computers protected. It is convenient and appreciated by consumers all over the world. Unfortunately, such services will also attract a lot of unwanted attention. ASUS knows this all too well, as it is not the first time the company’s update system is attacked.
Earlier this week, it became apparent ASUS’ live update service was offering some rather unusual software. Eset researchers confirmed the service was actively distributing malware which can be used to gain backdoor access to infected computers. The exact attack vector remains unclear, albeit a router-level…