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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, @03:57PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 12 2016, @03:57PM (#387065)

    I'm not in the mood to click on 20+ links

    Before your post, my curiosity had gotten the better of me and I had looked at that submission.
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    The term "The Lost Boys" is also significant within the post.

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    (Not being a movie guy for many years now, I was surprised that I did.)
    The post refers to a live-action retelling of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" and his nemesis, the pirate Captain Hook who had a hand bitten off by a crocodile.
    (Disney did an animated version in the 1950s.)

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