Dell servers reveal embedded spyware concealed in their replacement motherboards!

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated 22 Jul 2010
Dell servers reveal embedded spyware concealed in their replacement motherboards!

Dell has reportedly made a startling revelation that some of its PowerEdge server replacement motherboards are shipped with embedded spyware. According to Dell, the damage is limited across four PowerEdge server motherboard models namely: PowerEdge R310, PowerEdge R410, PowerEdge R510 and PowerEdge T410.

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Although, there is no clear evidence of the type of malware infection or the cause of infection till date, Dell has confirmed the occurrence of this issue, in response to a call warning received by a customer regarding the infected motherboard.

Addressing the issue to the customer, Dell has reportedly stated, "As part of Dell’s quality process, we have identified a potential issue with our service mother board stock, like the one you received for your PowerEdge R410, and are taking preventative action with our customers accordingly. The potential issue involves a small number of PowerEdge server motherboards sent out through service dispatches that may contain malware. This malware code has been detected on the embedded server management firmware as you indicated."

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