Black-Hat Hackers are becoming more sophisticated, while their wares are becoming more diverse and complicated. One of the latest pieces of malware, the nasty Rex Linux Trojan, packs in DDoS attacks, ransomware, and a Bitcoin miner. Stephen Gates, Chief Research Intelligence Analyst at NSFOCUS commented below.
Stephen Gates, Chief Research Intelligence Analyst at NSFOCUS:
“Today, malware writers understand that once a vulnerability has been exploited, the resulting compromised machine can be used for a host of other activities. The machine can be used by the hacker to steal critical data. The machine can be used to spread its newly acquired malware by infecting other vulnerable systems it can access. Finally, the machine can be used to attack other entities in the form of DDoS attacks. Simply put, the hacker’s motivation is to increase the number of their minions in the hope of experiencing a payday. Motivated by nothing more than money, hackers are now bundling malware with other attack vectors that helps increase their odds of getting paid. Organisations and individuals that expose their vulnerable systems to the Internet are doing nothing more than adding fuel to the fire.”