The Raspberry Pi Foundation was apparently offered money to pre-install malware on its computers.
On December 23, the charity organization tweeted a screenshot of a partially redacted email that was sent to Liz Upton, the foundation's director of communications, earlier that day.
Amazing. This person seems to be very sincerely offering us money to install malware on your machines. pic.twitter.com/1soL0MIc5Z— Raspberry Pi (@Raspberry_Pi) December 23, 2015
In the email, a “business officer” named Linda requested a price per install (PPI) quote for an “exe.” file that would create a desktop shortcut to the malicious site. "The user could log into our site “by clicking this desktop shortcut; then this is our target,” the email said.
The name of the company and the malicious site were omitted.
Earlier this year, researchers found pre-installed malware on at least 26 different Android smartphones from manufacturers including Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi.