Beware of malware attacks: little-known facts and why they matter



Did you know that almost 560,000 new malware instances are detected every day?

As cybersecurity advances, malicious actors develop malware with new tricks that exploit weaknesses in an IT environment. Once the malware finds a flaw, it spreads exponentially like disease, corrupting files, exfiltrating data, redirecting traffic to other destinations, and performing other malicious activities.

Malware can spread at breakneck speed. Hundreds and thousands of files, whether stored on the Internet or on computers, are infected daily.

How safe are your machines?

Your machines, whether they are running Windows, Linux, or Mac OS, can be exposed to thousands of malware attacks every day. Malware is constantly on the lookout for vulnerabilities in your IT environment. If the malware detects a vulnerability in a single computer, it can exploit that weakness to move sideways through your computing environment.

What is lateral movement?

Lateral movement is a technique used by malware to dive deeper into your network. Once initial access is gained to a computer, malware can jump to other computers on your network in search of sensitive data and high-value assets.

A vulnerability in one computer can expose your entire computing environment to malware attacks. Shocking, isn’t it? But wait, here’s the twist.

Some malware is backdoors …

What is a backdoor malware attack?

A backdoor attack occurs when malware exploits weak entry points, such as compromised passwords, poor authentication management, and inadequate endpoint security to gain initial access. Once entered your network, it stealthily erases its trace. Later, when the malware returns to your network, it can use the same path without raising an alarm.

How to protect your machines from malware?

Two recently discovered types of malware have wreaked havoc on the Linux world:

RedXOR is backdoor malware targeting Linux systems, in particular Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6. Although RHEL 6 has been designated as end of life, many Linux users are still using it. Mamba is ransomware against which the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security have issued a high level warning. It has caught the attention of security professionals around the world.

In the following video, we cover:

  • How malware works inside a resource.

  • Weak entry points that malware, like RedXOR and Mamba, use to gain access to Linux resources.

  • Protect your machines (Windows, macOS, and Linux) with a powerful tool that provides advanced authentication policies, hands-on endpoint security for remote and local connections, and more.

Learn more about the recent FBI and Department of Homeland Security High Level Malware Alert and watch our new video.

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