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IBM Urges Consumers to Destroy USB Drives it Shipped with Malware


IBM has advised its consumers that they should trash the USB memory drives supplied as complementary product to the hybrid and flash storage device 'Storwize' because they carry destructive malware.


IBM explains that the USB sticks have certain initialization tool to enable the functioning of Storwize which are now tainted with malicious software. Those models impacted are sticks with the 01AC585 part number supplied in accompaniment of the Generation 1 storage devices V5000, V3700 and V3500 of Storwize.


For tackling the infection on the device, IBM suggests end-users to foremost make their anti-virus up-to-date only after which attempt at utilizing the USB stick. Moreover, they mustn't utilize the stick another time rather must trash it so that the infection ceases that crept into the system.


The anti-virus product of Trend Micro the security firm identified the malicious program to be PE.WINDEX.A while the firm asserted its dissemination was from a North Korean website. Some more security vendors too identified the malicious software; however, they've categorized it to be one Trojan which incase run would try to pull down more malware. Hackread.com posted this, May 1, 2017.


It's not that the malware works through the storage device directly instead it enters the
desktop/laptop that configures the device. Kaspersky says the malicious program is one Trojan installer which enables to get a large number of secondary malicious programs, especially espionage viruses and ransomware.


Lenovo explains that the malware in accompaniment of the initialization module is copied into one temporary folder contained in Linux, Mac or Windows computers. However, the computer-operator must run the composite file so the malware makes its effect. When the initialization process takes place, the file plays no role. For Linux/Mac systems, the copying is to /tmp/initTool, while for Windows it's the %TMP%\initTool. To eliminate the malware it'll require erasing the impacted folders.


End-users impacted must get their anti-virus software up-to-date as well as configure it so it scrutinizes temporary folders to enable dealing with any problems detected. Consumers are suggested that after erasing the temp folders they must definitely trash the USB drives to eliminate the malware completely.

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