The relatively carefree days of using computers running Linux may be numbered, after a new Trojan that steals banking data has been found to target the platform.

Security researcher Limor Kessem said a Russia-based cybercrime team is targeting Linux machines with the “Hand of Thief” Trojan.

“‘Hand of Thief’ is a Trojan designed to steal information from machines running the Linux OS. This malware is currently offered for sale in closed cybercrime communities for $2,000 (€1,500) with free updates,” Kessem, an analyst for RSA, said in a blog post.

She said the present Trojan includes form grabbers and backdoor capabilities, but may soon include web injections.

It may even “graduate to become full-blown banking malware in the very near future,” she said.

SOURCE: gmanetwork.com