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Check if Your Asus Laptop has the ‘Shadow

Hammer’ Malware

By Guy McDowell

Last Updated on March 28, 2019

This week hackers launched operation “Shadow Hammer” which installed backdoors on thousand’s of

Asus computers. Here’s what you need to know if you have an Asus laptop.

Someone hacked into Asus computers slipped backdoor malware into one of the

company‘s computer updates. As a result, the backdoor could allow hackers to

freely access your computer anytime and without your knowledge. You don‘t have

to be a computer security specialist to understand the magnitude of that. Here is

what you need to know about the so-called ―Shadow Hammer‖ attack and how to

check if your system has been affected.

Asus and the Shadow Hammer Malware Attack

On the upside, your computer is probably not at risk. Shadow Hammer only affects

Asus laptops and not many at that. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab estimated that

around a half a million laptops received the tainted update as an orchestrated attack

running from, ―June 2018 to November 2018 undetected until now,‖ according

to Miriam Cihodariu of Heimdal Security. With the news of the virus being

announced on March 20th, Asus and Kaspersky had already begun working on


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