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Unusual Linux Ransomware Targets NAS Servers
A rare instance of ransomware targeting Linux-based file storage systems (network-attached storage servers, specifically) has been spotted, spreading via 15 separate but related campaigns. The adversaries behind the effort are continuing their depredations on an ongoing basis, according to researchers, so targets are expected to proliferate. Researchers at Intezer Labs dubbed the malware “QNAPCrypt,” after QNAP, one of the larger NAS server vendors out there. NAS servers normally store large amounts of important data and files, which make them a valuable target for attackers and especially a viable target for ransomware campaigns,” Intezer researcher Ignacio Sanmillan said in an analysis of the malware, posted this week. However, he noted that “It is rare to see ransomware being used to target the Linux operating system.
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