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New version of RansomEXX ransomware targets Linux systems

Ransomware is best known for targeting the Microsoft Windows operating system, but a new version of the RandomEXX ransomware has been found that targets Linux systems.

Detected and publicized Nov. 6 by security researchers at Kaspersky Lab, the Linux build of RansomEXX is described as a highly targeted Trojan that includes a hard-coded name of the targeted organization.

In a twist, both the encrypted file extension and email address for contacting those behind the ransomware also makes use of the victim’s name. So the Linux version of RansomEXX is not simply another form of ransomware spreading naturally but is exclusively being used in targeted attacks.

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