Malicious Python Projects Targeting Linux, Windows Systems
A new set of malicious Python projects are targeting Linux and Windows systems. Security Brief states, "There has been a significant rise in the number of attacks involving Python."
These attacks have increased because they are cheap and easy to execute—the cost of renting or purchasing these tools is low compared to other types of malware like ransomware or viruses. This makes it easier for anyone with basic knowledge about how malware works (including criminals) to get started doing this kind of attack.
So who exactly is being targeted in these attacks? Malicious hackers are targeting Linux systems such as web servers running Apache or OpenSSH. This means that hackers are trying to break into any kind of server containing sensitive information—like credit card numbers or passwords from users who pay for things online with their cards.
To safeguard against these attacks, Python developers must carefully examine the code they download before installing it onto their systems. This kind of abuse of PyPI will likely continue, and therefore developers must proceed with caution when installing code from any public software repository.
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