Dell has admitted that its PowerEdge R410 server motherboards have been infected with malware, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
According to the statement issued by Dell, malware has infected all four PowerEdge servers - R310, R410, R510, and T410.
The company announced that customers who have recently replaced their motherboards will have been affected by the malware.
"Malware code has been detected on embedded server management firmware. This potential issue involves a small number of PowerEdge server motherboards sent out through service dispatches that may contain malware. We are taking preventative action with our customers accordingly,” said Dell spokesperson "Matt M" on the official Dell support forum.
The issue came to light when a customer inquired about the issue after receiving a call from someone claiming to work for Dell, informing him that the motherboard he had just received contained spyware.
Dell’s strategic marketing manager acknowledged the issue and affirmed that the call he received was from the company.