Ars Technica: Hackers abuse ASUS cloud service to install backdoor on users’ PCs. “ASUS’ update mechanism has once again been abused to install malware that backdoors PCs, researchers from Eset reported earlier this week.”
BetaNews: Check to see if your computer was targeted by the ASUS ShadowHammer malware. “Yesterday we reported about a warning from Kaspersky that the ASUS Live Update Utility had been hacked to deliver ShadowHammer backdoor malware. ASUS has now released a patch to secure systems, and Kaspersky has released a tool that you can use to check whether you have been affected by the malware.”
MikeShouts: Asus Takes on Raspberry Pi With Its Own Credit Card-Sized Tinker Board. “ASUS has officially enter into the maker space, a lively community where tinkerers, hobbyists need the piece of electronics to get their projects going. Officially known as Tinker Board, this credit card-sized Raspberry Pi challenger features an ARM SoC boasting a quadcore 1.8 GHz processor with heatsink, a Mali T764 GPU that supports HD and UHD playback, 2GB Dual Channel LPDDR3 RAM, and a SD 3.0 microSD slot for OS/storage.”
Hey! ASUS has launched a Raspberry Pi competitor. “t doesn’t matter if you want a computer the size of a card, a thumb drive or dice box — there’s a manufacturer out there that has you covered. You can now count ASUS in that mix, with the launch of its “Tinker Board”, a Cortex-powered mini-machine aimed at the Raspberry Pi crowd.” Bad news is it doesn’t look like it’s easily available in the US.
Google has partnered with Asus to launch a new router. “Google first launched its OnHub router series in August, attempting to make a router that’s easy to use and provides better Wi-Fi signal than what people are used to. This second model continues toward that goal with a similar design and a couple of interesting new features, including the ability to wave your hand overtop of it to have the router prioritize Wi-Fi to a specific device, like a Chromecast that you’re streaming a movie to.”