Two stealthy Linux malware samples uncovered, following in Windows variants' tracks

    Date10 Dec 2014
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Security researchers have uncovered two Linux variants of a complex piece of Windows malware, which is known to have previously targeted embassies, the military, and pharmaceutical companies. The new Linux malware follows the discovery of a family of Windows malware known as Turla, which researchers at Kaspersky and Symantec uncovered earlier this year. The malware is thought to be government-created and originating from Russia.

    Turla for Windows infected several hundred computers in more than 45 countries, according to Kaspersky. The malware relied on social engineering techniques, such as booby trapped PDFs, to target users. Watering hole websites - selected due to the profile of the site's typical visitors - were also used. The Windows Turla attacks exploited at least two zero-day flaws affecting Windows and Adobe Reader.

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