Dell is warning, that some of its PowerEdge R410 Rack server motherboards have been delivered to customers carrying computer malware, according to The Register. A hardware trojan lives out of reach of antivirus software.
News that Dell may have a hardware trojan problem emerged on a support forum after a user was warned by a Dell call centre that the firm’s PowerEdge R410 server motherboard contains spyware of unspecified function that a Dell engineer needed to come and remove.
Dell forum post: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/servers/f/956/t/19339458.aspx
Dell confirms on the same forum: “The potential issue involves a small number of PowerEdge server motherboards sent out through service dispatches that may contain malware. This malware code has been detected on the embedded server management firmware.”