Malware reportedly found on laptops given to children in England

I’ll be interested to find out if this was a by-product of a wider ‘pre-installed malware’ campaign or specifically targeted on these vulnerable children…:

The government has launched an investigation into reports that laptops it distributed to support vulnerable children during lockdown had been infected with malware connected to Russian servers.

The problem was reported by staff at a school in Bradford who raised the alarm on an online IT forum. Enquiries are under way to establish how many devices are affected, where they were sourced and whether any are already in the hands of pupils.

The Department for Education (DfE) confirmed its IT teams were in touch with those who had reported the issue. A spokesperson said fewer than 10 schools had reported the problem, and claimed all the devices came with anti-virus software already installed, which neutralised the virus during set-up.

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