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posted by cmn32480 on Friday August 12 2016, @04:12AM   Printer-friendly

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

Russian security outfit Dr. Web says it's found new malware for Linux.

The firms[sic] says the “Linux.Lady.1” trojan does the following three things:

  • Collect information about an infected computer and transfer it to the command and control server.
  • Download and launch a cryptocurrency mining utility.
  • Attack other computers of the network in order to install its own copy on them.

The good news is that while the Trojan targets Linux systems, it doesn't rely on a Linux flaw to run. The problem is instead between the ears of those who run Redis without requiring a password for connections. If that's you, know that the trojan will use Redis to make a connection and start downloading the parts of itself that do real damage.

Once it worms its way in the trojan phones home to its command and control server and sends information including the flavour of Linux installed, number of CPUs on the infected machine and the number of running processes. The Register imagines that information means whoever runs the malware can make a decent guess at whether it is worth getting down to some mining, as there's little point working with an ancient CPU that's already maxed out.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 12 2016, @12:56PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 12 2016, @12:56PM (#386987)

    Can you scrape BBC news? That's where I get most stories from for submission to Soylent.

  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 12 2016, @05:10PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 12 2016, @05:10PM (#387092)

    The Register often has a story before anyone else.

    scrape BBC

    Roy Schestowitz and his band of smart helpers over at TechRights regularly bust BBC for being a blatantly M$-friendly and FOSS-hostile environment. well as GCHQ-|NSA-friendly.

    IMO, BBC is only useful for tech news if you like your stuff biased toward the closed-source/proprietary sector and only useful for security news if you like that biased in favor of oppressive Imperialist regimes (USA/UK/AU).

    -- OriginalOwner_ []

  • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Saturday August 13 2016, @06:01PM

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Saturday August 13 2016, @06:01PM (#387567) Journal

    We do scrape BBC RSS feeds. For example: " rel="url2html-23139">

    Now, finding a BBC story that is current, unbiased, and accurate is slightly can be more difficult.

    Sorry about the formatting on the link - that is something it has only recently started doing, and it is the first time that I have noted it...

    I am not interested in knowing who people are or where they live. My interest starts and stops at our servers.