New ‘Cheers’ Linux ransomware targets VMware ESXi servers

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New ‘Cheers’ Linux ransomware targets VMware ESXi servers

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A new ransomware named ‘Cheers’ has appeared in the cybercrime space and has started its operations by targeting vulnerable VMware ESXi servers.

VMware ESXi is a virtualization platform commonly used by large organizations worldwide, so encrypting them typically causes severe disruption to a business’ operations.

We have seen many ransomware groups targeting the VMware ESXi platform in the past, with the most recent additions being LockBit and Hive.