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Trend Micro Discovers Over 13 Million Malware Events Aimed at Linux-Based Cloud Environments
In the first half of 2021, web shells, coin miners, and ransomware accounted for the 56 percent of malware attacking Linux systems.
FREMONT, CA: Trend Micro, a worldwide cybersecurity company, revealed the situation of Linux security in the first half of 2021. The research provides significant insight into how Linux operating systems are getting attacked as businesses expand their digital presence in the cloud and the persistent dangers that comprise the Linux threat environment.
Linux enables businesses to make the most of their cloud-based infrastructures while also powering their digital transformation efforts. Today's most cutting-edge IoT devices, cloud-based services, and technologies are built on Linux, making it a key area of modern technology to safeguard.
"In the industry, we see some very creative attacks and we have to stay ahead. Protecting the company, our employees, and our intellectual property is a priority," says John Breen, Global Head of Cybersecurity at Flowserve. "We'll continue to work closely and collaborate with Trend Micro to ensure our people and our company remain protected."
"It's safe to say that Linux is here to stay, and as organizations continue to move to Linux-based cloud workloads, malicious actors will follow," said Aaron Ansari, vice president of cloud security for Trend Micro. "We have seen this as a main priority to ensure our customers receive the best security across their workloads, no matter the operating system they choose to run it on."
According to the research, most detections came from systems running out-of-date Linux distributions, with 44 percent coming from CentOS versions 7.4 to 7.9. Furthermore, in just six months, 200 distinct vulnerabilities in Linux environments got targeted. It suggests that Linux assaults are most likely exploiting obsolete software with unpatched vulnerabilities.