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File-encrypting ransomware starts targeting Linux Web servers

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    Ransomware authors continue their hunt for new sources of income. After targeting consumer and then business computers, they've now expanded their attacks to Web servers.

    Malware researchers from Russian antivirus vendor Doctor Web have recently discovered a new malware program for Linux-based systems that they've dubbed Linux.Encoder.1.

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    Once run on a system with administrator privileges it starts traversing the whole file system and encrypting files in specific directories, including the user's home directory, the MySQL server directory, the logs directory and the Web directories of the Apache and Nginx Web servers.

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