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“There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs" – Dai Zovi, author of “The Mac Hacker’s Handbook"

Sophos: Linux machines represented approximately 80% of the 178,635 newly malicious websites discovered during one week.

October 14th 2015 in safety and privacy on the Internet

80%.  Really.  And here are the reasons they gave:

  1. Linux servers are preferred by budget cloud hosting providers for their low cost (free) and flexibility. These providers do not provide security services and largely cater to amateur web enthusiasts.
  2. Linux servers are undefended. Linux administrators and server operators have the perception that Linux is immune to malware and usually do not install nor configure antivirus, firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (IPS) or other defensive technologies.
  3. Linux exists primarily in the data center. This provides high availability and access to large amounts of bandwidth without triggering suspicious use of network resources.
  4. The unprotected nature of Linux in the enterprise allows for long term exploitation, as detection isn’t typically possible if you aren’t looking for problems to begin with.

Cite: https://blogs.sophos.com/2015/10/13/when-penguins-attack-does-linux-power-the-malware-underground/


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Cite: https://blog.malwarebytes.org/malvertising-2/2015/10/angler-exploit-kit-blasts-daily-mail-visitors-via-malvertising/

And, it was being displayed on the home page of the site.

Affected users were exposed to the Angler Exploit Kit and from there Cryptowall ransomware.

 

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