Small batches of DFE GeoBooks being delivered to schools are infected by the Gamarue.I Worm

DFE GeoBooks

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  • You are investigate issues with small batches of DFE GeoBooks being delivered to schools are infected by the Gamarue.I Worm
  • You want to remove the Gamarue.I Worm from devices you have received
  • You are struggling with removing the Gamarue.I Worm from devices you have received

Issue / Fault definition

Some of the laptops given out in England to support vulnerable children home-schooling during lockdown contain malware, BBC News has reported.

Teachers shared details on an online forum about suspicious files found on devices sent to a Bradford school.

The malware, which they said appeared to be contacting Russian servers, is believed to have been found on laptops given to a handful of schools.

The Department for Education said it was aware and urgently investigating.

The government has so far sent schools more than 800,000 laptops, as it tries to distribute more than a million devices to disadvantaged pupils who may not have access at home.

“Upon unboxing and preparing them, it was discovered that a number of the laptops were infected with a self-propagating network worm,” one teacher wrote.

Known / associated error messages

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2021 01 21 13 56 19 Geo GeoBook 1E Education Laptops HORRIBLE Page 5 and 3 more pages Work

Mitigation

  • Re-Image / reinstall Windows on any devices you receive
  • Virus scan each device as you receive it and remove any threats
  • Ensure all devices on site are up to date with security and vulnerability patches
  • Install a centrally managed virus platform with remote management and notifications

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