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Cybercriminals Target Linux-based Systems with Ransomware and Cryptojacking Attacks

As the most common cloud operating system, Linux is a core part of digital infrastructure and quickly becomes an attacker’s ticket into a multi-cloud environment. Current malware countermeasures mainly focus on addressing Windows-based threats, leaving many public and private cloud deployments vulnerable to attacks targeting Linux-based workloads.

Cybercriminals Target Linux-based Systems with Ransomware and Cryptojacking Attacks

Here are the details on how cybercriminals are using malware to target Linux-based operating systems include:

  • Ransomware is evolving to target host images used to spin workloads in virtualised environments;

  • 89 per cent of cryptojacking attacks use XMRig-related libraries; and

  • More than half of Cobalt Strike users may be cybercriminals or use Cobalt Strike illicitly.

Attackers view public and private clouds as high-value targets due to their access to critical infrastructure services and confidential data. Unfortunately, current malware countermeasures mainly focus on addressing Windows-based threats, leaving many public and private cloud deployments vulnerable to attacks on Linux-based operating systems.

As malware targeting Linux-based operating systems increases in volume and complexity amid a rapidly changing threat landscape, organisations must prioritise threat detection.

Experts analysed the threats to Linux-based operating systems in multi-cloud environments: ransomware, crypto-miners, and remote access tools.





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