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Gamarue malware found on government-issued school laptops

January 21, 2021

An undisclosed number of refurbished laptops given to vulnerable children in England have been found to be loaded with malware that is communicating with command and control (C2) server infrastructure located in Russia.

The laptops were handed out to support home-schooling efforts during the current national lockdown, according to BBC reporting, and the suspicious software – found to be the Gamarue trojan – was discovered on a small number of devices by teachers at a school in Bradford. It is not yet known exactly how many devices were compromised, or to how many schools they were inadvertently sent.

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