A web residence used by liberation module on Dell PCs was taken over by a third-party after a executive apparently unsuccessful to replenish it.
Dell’s module checks in with a domain periodically, so whoever snapped it adult could use it to discharge malware.
Security consultant and author Brian Krebs – who initial reported a emanate – believed there was a probability that this had happened.
Dell says no malware was transferred.
Dell’s Backup and Recovery Application module is commissioned by default on many of a firm’s PCs and allows users to revive their computers to bureau settings, in a eventuality of problems.
The module downloaded updates from dellbackupandrecoverycloudstorage.com.
That web residence used to be tranquil by US-based tech organisation SoftThinks, though was taken over by another celebration during some indicate between Jun and Jul this year.
“Approximately dual weeks after Dell’s executive mislaid control over a domain, a server it was hosted on started display adult in malware alerts,” Mr Krebs pronounced in his blog.
In a statement, Dell certified it had mislaid control of a domain name though pronounced a problem had been “addressed”.
Dell said: “We do not trust that a Dell Backup and Recovery calls to a URL during a duration in doubt resulted in a send of information to or from a site, including a send of malware to any user device.”
A mouthpiece for Dell pronounced that, on 9 July, a developer of a module bought a domain behind from a third celebration that snapped it adult – though she would not endorse how most this cost.
The BBC has contacted SoftThinks for comment.