If you did not know it already, let me break this ‘news’ to you: Linux is not virus proof. As Linus Torvalds say, all OS suck but Linux sucks less, similarly Linux is less vulnerable to virus or malware as compare to others (means Windows). A recent example that we have seen the Linux security loophole that lingered for over two years giving unauthorized users near root access.
Linux is at target again. A Russian hacker crew (not sure if they have sexy hackers like Kristina Svechinskaya) has started offering a banking Trojan, named Hand of Thief, specifically for Linux operating systems. The malware is up for sale with a price tag of a whooping $2000 in grey markets. If you think $2000 is too high a price, you should know that it is discounted price for early adopters. Once the product develops completely, the price will rise up to $3000. The said price also includes after sale service support. Their team also consists of sales agents and software developers, reports RSA research team.
As per the Trojan developers clam, they have successfully tested it on 15 Linux distributions including Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora. As far as desktop environments are concerned, they have tested it on 8 desktop environments including GNOME and KDE desktop enviornment.
You can read more about it here. What you think of this new found trojan malware? Is it a good move by the hackers to focus on Linux knowing that it has small user-base? Let us know your views.