Would Linux Reduce Ransomware Attacks?

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Re: Would Linux Reduce Ransomware Attacks?

Post by Fred Barclay » Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:52 am

gm10 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:05 am
Not relevant to the topic (I do, of course, agree with you that attack vectors on Android are very different from those on Linux) but I felt like pointing out that my Android phone has got the same bash shell as my desktop, and if you're going to use the shell you typically add BusyBox. BusyBox is slightly less featured that the full GNU tools but I wouldn't call it crippled in any way. I can mostly shell script my Android the same way as any Linux.
Thanks for the correction! I didn't know that... when I had a *droid I never tried to get to a shell. So it already has bash and you can add busybox? Any pointers? I have my old phone lying around and might want to poke around a bit. :mrgreen:
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Re: Would Linux Reduce Ransomware Attacks?

Post by gm10 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:01 am

Fred Barclay wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:52 am
Thanks for the correction! I didn't know that... when I had a *droid I never tried to get to a shell. So it already has bash and you can add busybox? Any pointers? I have my old phone lying around and might want to poke around a bit. :mrgreen:
On stock Android you'll need to add an app to get shell access, but my device is rooted and runs the free Android fork LineageOS which comes with a terminal emulator out of the box - I think I still had to add busybox but I don't recall - I did modify the system quite a bit but I'm doing that via my own flashable image that automatically gets applied after an update and that I haven't touched in years. If you just want to play around you can even install a full Debian to your phone by the way. ;)
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Re: Would Linux Reduce Ransomware Attacks?

Post by handsomegenius » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:03 am

lsemmens wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:53 pm

A very well considered response, and, I suspect, not very far from the truth.......:D
One of the big assumptions I'm making with it, is that the standard repositories are generally trustworthy. At the moment, that seems to be generally true.

But if scammers were more motivated to target Linux, they might try all sorts of schemes to get malicious code into projects through the front door.

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Re: Would Linux Reduce Ransomware Attacks?

Post by Portreve » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:21 am

If this were the Bearded Spock universe, it would be nothing for people to just hunt down those trying to scam others, and torture them to death.

I often have to remind myself we don't live there. :lol:
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Re: Would Linux Reduce Ransomware Attacks?

Post by michael louwe » Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:24 am

https://www.zdnet.com/article/thousands ... ansomware/ - Thousands of servers infected with new Lilocked (Lilu) ransomware; Researchers spot new ransomware targeting Linux-based servers. - Sep 6, 2019

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Re: Would Linux Reduce Ransomware Attacks?

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:03 am

Be aware that Lilock ransomware does NOT affect system files but ONLY files with extensions including HTML, SHTML, JS, CSS, PHP, INI, and other "image formats". Since system files are not affected, Linux systems are running normally...DAMIEN

https://fossbytes.com/lilocked-ransomwa ... x-servers/
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Re: Would Linux Reduce Ransomware Attacks?

Post by BigEasy » Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:19 pm

DAMIEN1307 wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:03 am
Since system files are not affected, Linux systems are running normally...
Working system but with destroyed documents is called reduced ransomware attack :-/
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Re: Would Linux Reduce Ransomware Attacks?

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:29 pm

Yep, got that but keep in mind that,
Since system files are not affected, Linux systems are running normally
IS a direct quote from the article from the fossbytes article...DAMIEN
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Re: Would Linux Reduce Ransomware Attacks?

Post by BigEasy » Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:57 am

DAMIEN1307 wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:29 pm
Yep, got that but keep in mind that,
Since system files are not affected, Linux systems are running normally
IS a direct quote from the article from the fossbytes article...DAMIEN
Yes, I see!
But there was a much clearer way to explain importance to have a backup of documents. :wink:
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Re: Would Linux Reduce Ransomware Attacks?

Post by Portreve » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:48 pm

Actually, I rely on these guys to deal with all of my ransomeware problems:

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