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New Backdoor Targets Linux Servers

February 5, 2019

A new backdoor is targeting Linux servers in East Asia and Latin America, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosted machines, Check Point security researchers say.

Dubbed ‘SpeakUp’, the new Trojan targets known vulnerabilities in six different Linux distributions and attempts to propagate internally and beyond via remote code execution vulnerabilities. The malware also has the ability to infect Mac devices.

Check Point was able to link SpeakUp’s author with the malware developer operating under the name of Zettabithf. The new backdoor is implemented differently, but has a lot in common with the developer’s craftsmanship, Check Point says.

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