Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

By Nancy Rand
Posted in Security
On August 31, 2016

August 30, Softpedia – (International) New and mysterious FairWare ransomware targets Linux server. A Bleeping Computer analyst reported that at least 3 Linux server administrators discovered that a ransomware variant, dubbed FairWare hacked their servers, removed their Website root folders, and left a ransom note in the /root folder demanding a 2 Bitcoin, or roughly $1,150, payment in order to retrieve the files. The researcher stated there is no evidence that the ransomware encrypts the user’s files and warned FairWare may be deleting the files and scamming victims after the ransom is paid. Source

August 29, SecurityWeek – (International) Kelihos botnet triples in size overnight. MalwareTech researchers warned that the Kelihos botnet’s activity significantly increased to 34,533 infections in August and discovered that the botnet was spamming other malware after finding that Kelihos was distributing Wildfire ransomware as well as banking trojans based on the Zeus source code. Researchers believe Kelihos started distributing ransomware and banking trojans after the botnet’s operator realized the malware was more profitable than its original pump and dump spamming campaigns. Source

Above Reprinted from the USDHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report

Nancy Rand

Nancy Rand

Nancy has more than 20 years’ experience in information technology and security, solving business issues and implementing best-practice solutions that support organizational objectives. Her expertise includes leveraging, optimizing, and implementing diverse technology platforms, and management of large-scale technology projects.