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ASUS Shadow Hammer scanning?

Hello, McAfee family!

Can you tell me if McAfee has a scanning tool, or already scans for, the ASUS Shadow Hammer supply chain malware that was distributed via ASUS' autoupdater? I saw that Kaspersky has a scanner, and was wondering if you guys do, too, or if it's already being looked for in the scanning engine?



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Re: ASUS Shadow Hammer scanning?

"ASUS Shadow Hammer" refers to a specific incident that occurred in 2019 involving a supply chain attack on ASUS, a major computer hardware manufacturer. During this attack, a malicious actor or group was able to compromise the ASUS Live Update utility, which is used to deliver software updates to ASUS devices.

The attackers were able to distribute a compromised version of the ASUS Live Update tool to a significant number of ASUS users. This version contained a backdoor that could potentially allow the attackers to gain unauthorized access to affected systems.

ASUS took immediate action to address the issue once it was discovered, and they released a clean version of the Live Update tool. They also implemented additional security measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

If you're asking about "ASUS Shadow Hammer scanning," it's possible that you're referring to the scanning or detection of this specific threat or similar supply chain attacks. Here are some general steps to consider:

  1. Keep Software Up to Date: Ensure that your ASUS device, including its operating system and ASUS software, is running the latest updates and patches. This helps protect against known vulnerabilities.

  2. Use Security Software: Install and regularly update reputable antivirus and antimalware software on your ASUS device. This can help detect and prevent malicious software.

  3. Download Software from Official Sources: Only download software, drivers, and updates from the official ASUS website or trusted sources. Avoid third-party download sites to reduce the risk of downloading compromised software.

  4. Be Wary of Unsolicited Communications: Be cautious of unsolicited emails, messages, or pop-ups claiming to be software updates. Always verify the authenticity of such communications before proceeding.

  5. Check for ASUS Security Advisories: Periodically check the ASUS website for security advisories and updates related to your specific device model.

  6. Stay Informed: Keep yourself informed about the latest cybersecurity threats and best practices for protecting your devices.

I recommend checking for any recent developments or advisories related to ASUS Shadow Hammer or similar issues from reputable sources or directly from ASUS.

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