ASUS Responds to Reports of ASUS Live Update System Being Compromised by APT Groups

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks are national-level attacks usually initiated by a couple of specific countries, targeting certain international organizations or entities instead of consumers. ASUS Live Update is a proprietary tool supplied with ASUS notebook computers to ensure that the system always benefits from the latest drivers and firmware from ASUS. A small number of devices have been implanted with malicious code through a sophisticated attack on our Live Update servers in an attempt to target a very small and specific user group. ASUS customer service has been reaching out to affected users and providing assistance to ensure that the security risks are removed.ASUS has also implemented a fix in the latest version (ver. 3.6.8) of the Live Update software, introduced multiple security verification mechanisms to prevent any malicious manipulation in the form of software updates or other means, and implemented an enhanced end-to-end encryption mechanism. At the same time, we have also updated and strengthened our server-to-end-user software architecture to prevent similar attacks from happening in the future.

Additionally, we have created an online security diagnostic tool to check for affected systems, and we encourage users who are still concerned to run it as a precaution. The tool can be found here.

Users who have any additional concerns are welcome to contact ASUS Customer Service. More information about APT groups can be accessed here.

FAQs

  • How do I know whether or not my device has been targeted by the malware attack?
    Only a very small number of specific user group were found to have been targeted by this attack and as such it is extremely unlikely that your device has been targeted. However, if you are still concerned about this matter, feel free to use ASUS’ security diagnostic tool or contact ASUS Customer Service for assistance.
  • What should I do if my device is affected?
    Immediately run a backup of your files and restore your operating system to factory settings. This will completely remove the malware from your computer. In order to ensure the security of your information, ASUS recommends that you regularly update your passwords.
  • How do I make sure that I have the latest version of ASUS Live Update?
    You can find out whether or not you have the latest version of ASUS Live Update by following the instructions shown here.
  • Have other ASUS devices been affected by the malware attack?
    No, only the version of Live Update used for notebooks has been affected. All other devices remain unaffected.
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