Linux-Targeted Malware Increases by 35% in 2021 | CrowdStrike
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CrowdStrike has observed that malware targeting Linux-based systems increased by 35% in 2021. XorDDoS, Mirai and Mozi were the most common malware families.
@pancake@lemmy.ml
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Linux is a very heterogeneous platform. I’d say trying to make malware compatible across distros could be quite a challenge, and not very profitable.

Kuketo
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* me laughs in Solus

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Open source malware. Cool.

Red Vulpix
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Fun fact: “malware as a service” is very much a booming business on the black market. Usually in the form of things like cryptominers/cryptostealers, adware/scamware, spyware, and ransomware. You pay to buy prepackaged malware, usually one designed to make you money as a kind of return on investment, and deploy it.

It’s the reason security researchers often find that “this new malware going around” is “similar to/a strain of/uses the same engine as this older malware”.

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In one way, it could be argued that this has a positive side to it. As more people consider Linux adoption, malware authors are noticing that and determining that it is worth their time to write a linux version of their malware.

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On the other hand, Linux systems often contain more valuable things than Windows or Mac. The average person probably doesn’t have too much valuable data on their PC, but a web server? Database server? Corporate network control node? Those are jackpots in comparison.

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