Pierluigi Paganini September 19, 2023
Earth Lusca expands its arsenal with SprySOCKS Linux malware

China-linked threat actor Earth Lusca used a new Linux malware dubbed SprySOCKS in a recent cyber espionage campaign. Researchers from Trend Micro, while monitoring the activity of the China-linked threat actor Earth Lusca, discovered an encrypted file hosted on a server under the control of the group. Additional analysis led to the discovery of a […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 15, 2023
Monti Ransomware gang launched a new Linux encryptor

Monti Ransomware operators returned, after a two-month pause, with a new Linux variant of their encryptor. The Monti ransomware operators returned, after a two-month break, with a new Linux version of the encryptor. The variant was employed in attacks aimed at organizations in government and legal sectors. The Monti group has been active since June 2022, […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 29, 2023
Now Abyss Locker also targets VMware ESXi servers

A Linux variant of the Abyss Locker designed to target VMware ESXi servers appeared in the threat landscape, experts warn. The operators behind the Abyss Locker developed a Linux variant that targets VMware ESXi servers expanding their potential targets. VMware ESXi servers are privileged targets of ransomware groups and are often part of enterprises’ infrastructures. […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 27, 2023
Two flaws in Linux Ubuntu affect 40% of Ubuntu users

Wiz researchers discovered two Linux vulnerabilities in the Ubuntu kernel that can allow an unprivileged local user to gain elevated privileges. Wiz Research discovered two privilege escalation vulnerabilities, tracked as CVE-2023-2640 and CVE-2023-32629, in the OverlayFS module in the Linux distro Ubuntu. According to the researchers, the flaws impact 40% of the users of the […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 06, 2023
StackRot, a new Linux Kernel privilege escalation vulnerability

StackRot is s new security vulnerability in the Linux kernel that could be exploited to gain elevated privileges on a target system. A security vulnerability, dubbed StackRot was found impacting Linux versions 6.1 through 6.4. The issue, tracked as CVE-2023-3269, (CVSS score: 7.8), is a privilege escalation issue that resides in the memory management subsystem. An unprivileged […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 20, 2023
New Tsunami botnet targets Linux SSH servers

Researchers warn of an ongoing Tsunami DDoS botnet campaign targeting inadequately protected Linux SSH servers. Researchers from AhnLab Security Emergency response Center (ASEC) have uncovered an ongoing hacking campaign, aimed at poorly protected Linux SSH servers, to install the Tsunami DDoS botnet (aka Kaiten). The threat actors behind these attacks were also observed installing other […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 03, 2023
New Linux Ransomware BlackSuit is similar to Royal ransomware

Experts noticed that the new Linux ransomware BlackSuit has significant similarities with the Royal ransomware family. Royal ransomware is one of the most notable ransomware families of 2022, it made the headlines in early May 2023 with the attack against the IT systems in Dallas, Texas. The human-operated Royal ransomware first appeared on the threat landscape in September 2022, it has […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 29, 2023
New Go-written GobRAT RAT targets Linux Routers in Japan

A new Golang remote access trojan (RAT), tracked as GobRAT, is targeting Linux routers in Japan, the JPCERT Coordination Center warns. JPCERT/CC is warning of cyberattacks against Linux routers in Japan that have been infected with a new Golang remote access trojan (RAT) called GobRAT. Threat actors are targeting Linux routers with publicly exposed WEBUI to execute […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 09, 2023
A Linux NetFilter kernel flaw allows escalating privileges to ‘root’

A Linux NetFilter kernel flaw, tracked as CVE-2023-32233, can be exploited by unprivileged local users to escalate their privileges to root. Netfilter is a framework provided by the Linux kernel that allows various networking-related operations to be implemented in the form of customized handlers. Netfilter offers various functions and operations for packet filtering, network address translation, and port translation, which provide the functionality required […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 27, 2023
Researchers found the first Linux variant of the RTM locker

RTM ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) started offering locker ransomware that targets Linux, NAS, and ESXi systems. The Uptycs threat research team discovered the first ransomware binary attributed to the RTM ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) provider. The new variant of the encryptor targets Linux, NAS, and ESXi hosts, it appears to be based on the source code of Babuk ransomware that was […]