Microsoft Windows and Linux machines are vulnerable to LemonDuck Malware

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LemonDuck Malware is on the prowl on the internet and security analysts say that its targets are Microsoft Windows and Linux machines. According to a report released by the Satya Nadella led company, the said malware has the potential to steal files, credentials, remove security controls, and distribute itself through emails and messages.

Cybersecurity specialists say that LemonDuck is a kind of malware code that has the potential to turn itself into a cross-platform threat targeting Linux and Win machines.

The highlight of this malware is that it avoids competition from other malicious software and so first removes them and then settles down on the victimized PC.

So far, PCs in United Kingdom, Russia, United States, India, Korea, Canada, France, Vietnam, China, Germany, and Australia have been targeted by the hackers spreading LemonDuck. And is found spreading to other devices through phishing emails, USB drives and can infect networks through Brute Force attacks.

So, what can PC users do to protect themselves from LemonDuck Malware?

Just keep their antivirus software like Microsoft Windows Defender up to date and never use applications or software that are downloaded from internet other than Microsoft Store. And stay away from email links that are sent by unknown people as they can be filled with malicious links.

Note- Till 2020, the said malware was seen targeting manufacturing and IoT companies operating in China. Then the developers might have shifted their focus to western countries, thus targeting large organizations that have a global business presence.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security