Oct 26, 2017

Dell web address swiped by third party

A web address used by recovery software on Dell PCs was taken over by a third-party after a contractor apparently failed to renew it. The software checks the domain periodically, so whoever snapped it up could have distributed malware through it. The domain name used to be controlled by US-based tech firm SoftThinks, but was taken over by another party between June and July this year. "Approximately two weeks after Dell's contractor lost control over the domain, the server it was hosted on started showing up in malware alerts," Mr Krebs said in his blog. In a statement, Dell admitted it had lost control of the domain name but said the problem has now been "Addressed".

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