A new article in Tech Republic predicts that Linux servers and workstations will be the next big target for hackers. There has been an increase in the development of tools targeting Linux systems, and it is believed that the targets will be Linux systems used by the government and large corporations.
While we traditionally believe that Windows systems are the most vulnerable to attacks and vulnerabilities, organizations often host their servers and critical systems on Linux systems. We also know that open source platforms are on the rise, so it’s no surprise that Linux systems are increasingly being targeted by hackers. According to the article, cybercriminals are adding to their hacking tools specifically around Linux systems.
Do we also have viruses for Linux?
Anyone who uses Windows or even those who don’t know very well that there are viruses for Windows. In fact, many viruses for Windows. But what about Linux? Are there viruses for Linux? The clear answer is YES.
There are viruses, trojans, worms, and other types of malware that affect the Linux operating system, but not much. Very few viruses are for Linux and most are not high quality Windows viruses that can kill you.
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The term “real hackers” does not refer to hackers or security researchers. Instead, it deals with cybercriminals and hacktivists. They are also called gray hat or black hat hackers because they work against media companies, the government, and corporations as a form of protest or simply for profit. Since these hackers illegally infiltrate computer networks and systems, they use high-tech operating systems to avoid detection or mapping. Also, the operating system should provide them with the latest hacking tools and features.
Do a search online and you’ll find many blog posts claiming that “real hackers” prefer to use the Linux operating system to carry out their black hat hacking operations.
Microsoft has detected a cloud threat actor that is being tracked as 8220 and is now targeting Linux servers as part of a long-running cryptomining campaign.
Microsoft security intelligence experts are warning of a long-running campaign by a group of cloud threat actors, tracked as 8220, now targeting Linux servers to install cryptominers.
“We have seen notable updates in the long-running malware campaign targeting Linux systems by a group known as the 8220 gang.” says one of the tweets published by Microsoft Security Intelligence “The updates include the implementation of new versions of a cryptominer and an IRC bot, as well as the use of an exploit for a recently disclosed vulnerability.”