HP’s Malware-Laden Switches Illustrate Supply Chain Risks

Hewlett-Packard is trying to figure out what happened as the technology giant warned customers that some of the HP ProCurve switches shipped last year contained malware-laden flash cards.

While the malware couldn’t do anything to the 10 Gbps-capable line of LAN switches, if the customer ever decided to re-use the card and insert it into a computer, that computer would likely be compromised.

It’s not that unlikely a scenario. The switches ship with 1GB cards, and someone frantically looking for a flash card could conceivably borrow the card to perform a quick task.

Business owners don’t always think about the integrity of the supply chain when buying hardware and software components. Even the biggest brands can ship infected components if a computer in the factory is compromised. See full post at PC Magazine.

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