Children’s education has been a loss especially during the times of Covid-19. In the midst of the pandemic, Britain children get laptops preloaded with Russian malware. Many countries have resorted to educating children from home in a bid to keep them from spreading the virus.
According to Register, laptops given by the Department of Education to help kids came preloaded with Russian malware. There has been a difference of opinion, where schools argued they have not been the major source of virus transmission.
While in the United States, most of the states have resorted to a hybrid model where they have to teach students both locally and remotely. Measures such as incorporating biometrics and AI to assist were also incorporated to help the process.
The case of the laptops supplied to the school children in Britain under the government’s Get Help With Technology (GHWT) scheme, came bundled with the Gamarue malware. The scheme was started last year, while the malware is an old remote access worm from the 2010s.
According to reports a batch of 23,000 computers, the GeoBook 1E running Windows 10, made by Shenzhen-headquartered Tactus Group were preloaded with the malware. The company spokesperson was unavailable to give a comment on this.
The concerned authorities failed to carry out the required checks prior to the machines getting out to school districts, which goes to demonstrate their incompetence.