WARNING: ASUS motherboard users, you have been attacked. Users in Russia (18+%), Germany (16%), France (12+%), Italy (6+%), and the USA (5+%) are the main targets.
The attack targets specific machines. It is hardcoded into the Trojan. So, checking if you are a target is easy. Check to see if your MAC address is in the list. Links follow…
The virus was transmitted via infiltration of the ASUS update system. As the system provides Certified patches most anti-virus programs failed to detect it. So, you may have updated and opened the doors without your AV warning you.
This story started breaking 3/25/2019. ASUS and anti-virus companies have been working on this since January 2019. ASUS has responded with ASUS response to the recent media reports regarding ASUS Live Update tool attack by Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups. They have a repair tool for the problem on that page.
For more information read Operation ShadowHammer. This is an article by Kaspersky Lab, the Russian anti-virus people. They have a good reputation.
Wondering if you have an ASUS motherboard? Everyone sells them. So, you have to check. You can use the free program CPU-Z to check.
The main channel will stay on version #19.03.07.525089. No roll. Last week the main channel updated and is now running EEP support. So, those with non-EEP viewers are seeing black blocky stars. A fix is coming for that. I think… We may just get the EEP viewer as the main viewer.
Blue Steel & Le Tigre update to version #19.03.22.525531. This version has Internal Fixes and switches off UDP asset APIs. If you are using a reasonably recent viewer, like updated in the last 12 to 18 months, you should not notice a change. Older viewers may stop fetching assets and since most everything in SL is an asset… including everything an avatar wears… some people may just be a particle cloud… to their self.
Magnum will continue to run version #19.03.15.525315, no roll. This is the new OS version with EEP.
It was noticed today that Denby is suffering from the script slow down problem.
The main viewer is version 18.104.22.1684670. This is the BugSplat version of the viewer. Released as an RC in week #8 and promoted to the main viewer in week #10.
Second Life Bakes On Mesh Viewer version 22.214.171.1245409 – New. This viewer version promoted from Project to RC this week. The previous update was in week #11.
Second Life EAM Viewer version 126.96.36.1995404 – New. Updated in week #11.
Second Life EEP Viewer version 188.8.131.525395 – Updated in week #11.
Second Life Love Me Render Viewer version 184.108.40.2065446 – Updated in week #11.
Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 220.127.116.115401 – New first appearance this week.
Second Life Project 360 Snapshot Viewer version 18.104.22.1685934 – Last updated in 2018 week #10. We are over one year.