Linux Malware: The Truth About This Growing Threat [Updated]

If you’ve been keeping up with security news, you may have noticed that it seems as if there have been an increasing number of attacks on Linux in recent years. The number of new Linux malware variants reached a record high in the first half of 2022, as nearly 1.7 million samples were discovered. This observation is somewhat counterintuitive, as Linux is generally regarded as a highly secure operating system.

So what exactly has been going on lately, and are these attacks being blown out of proportion by the media? Is Linux still a viable OS for security-conscious users? aims to put the recent attacks on Linux into context, provide some background on Linux malware and shed some light on these questions in this article.

The Modern Linux Threat Landscape in a Nutshell

Unfortunately, despite the heralded security of the Linux operating system, gone are the days where threats such as malware and viruses are not a serious concern for Linux users. Attackers have come to view Linux servers as yet another viable target that often provides a valuable return on investment.

The evolution of malware research in recent years has offered superior visibility into attacks threatening Linux servers. It should be noted that a vulnerable server of any sort is an open door for data and credential theft, DDoS attacks, cryptocurrency mining and web traffic redirection. Most significantly, it can be used to host malicious command and control (C&C) servers.

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