Each country offers some support for students in need. The UK government has also distributed about 800,000 laptops and tablets to students in need. It was recently revealed that these devices, which are distributed free of charge, are infected with viruses connected to Russia-based servers. The fact that these devices, which have reached 800,000 students so far, contains malware, is considered quite unfortunate. The British government immediately announced its action.
Malware seen on computers distributed for free
Teachers noticed the first vulnerability in computers, the BBC reported. Teachers who shared the presence of suspicious files found on devices sent to Bradford school from forums online have had the Department for Education (DfE) in England take action.
The malware, which has been found to be linked to servers in Russia, could collect data on laptops and tablets given to students, the report said, informing them that research on the issue has been urgently launched.
According to one official, the focus was immediately on solutions as the issue was noticed. DfE officials are transmitting to students with the vulnerability. At the moment, very few computers have this software vulnerability, officials say, and they are responding to the situation in a short time.
In addition, this event was shared in the forums in the first place. According to the details there, the computer virus in question (worm) contains Gamarue.I, which was identified by Microsoft in 2012 on this computer with Windows operating system. This worm comes when the spam email connection is turned on and can also copy itself to USB drives.
Within the scope of the project initiated by the UK government, computer support began to be offered to students who did not have the opportunity when the home education system was switched. According to the government, this virus, which is available on computers and tablets that are delivered to thousands of students free of charge, is transmitted to devices through an ‘internet network’. Schools are also advised to check their networks as an additional precaution.
Paul Moore, information security consultant, tells the BBC that the Gamarue worm “poses a very serious threat to any PC or network.”