A Comparative Study on Linux and Windows Ransomware Attacks

During the last few months, CheckPoint researchers conducted a study of some of the top ransomware families (12 in total) that either directly developed ransomware for Linux systems or were developed in languages with a strong cross-platform component, such as Golang or Rust, thereby allowing them to be compiled for both Windows and Linux indiscriminately.

The researchers main objectives were to increase our understanding of the main motivations for developing ransomware targeting Linux instead of Windows systems, which historically have been the main target until now. The team also tried to identify the main similarities and differences between the ransomware developed by these families and compare them to the ransomware developed for Microsoft systems.

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Source: CheckPoint