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Linux Servers Are New Target of Ransomware Hackers

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Posted: 04:35PM
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Ransomware hackers had previously focused their efforts on personal and business computers in their attempts to extort money from victims desperate to get their files back. Russian company Doctor Web has discovered that the hackers have set their sights on Linux web servers with an exploit they have named Linux.Encoder.1. The exploit utilizes administrator privileges to encrypt files in home directories, SQL server directories, and directories for services such as Apache. Files are targeted based on extension and then encrypted using "a strong encryption algorithm and public-key cryptography, making the files hard to recover without backups or paying the ransom." Local backups are also targeted leaving victims with the need for offline backups or ransom money.

Source: PC World



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Waco on November 10, 2015 02:43
Anyone running a server without proper backups...well, you're not doing your job properly.

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