Asus just patched the ShadowHammer malware that was masquerading as a security update

This "critical" software update of your Asus computer may be a real malware, created by hackers during a targeted attack known as "ShadowHammer", which we learned yesterday. Now, Asus says it has a solution in the form of a real security update, which you can download using its Live Update software tool.

In addition, the company claims to have a second "security diagnosis" tool that it can use to analyze and see if its computer has been affected. "[We encourage users who are always concerned to execute it as a precautionary measure," reads a company press release, which includes a link to the software.

The company's press release, in particular, does not include excuses and minimizes hacking, stating that "it has been found that only a very small number of specific users have been attacked". distributed to a million computers and installed on hundreds of thousands of these computers, which does not seem trivial. Kaspersky and Symantec both identified the malware in at least tens of thousands of cases.

However, Asus said that steps had been taken to make the Trojan no longer successful, including "multiple security verification mechanisms to prevent malicious tampering" and "an improved end-to-end encryption mechanism".

"At the same time, we have also updated and strengthened our software architecture, from the server to the end user, to avoid similar attacks in the future," said Asus.

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