Linux is vulnerable to ransomware, and the Linux Foundation is pushing users to install the free and open-source software.
In an email to developers, the Foundation said that it is working with companies to help secure Linux computers against the spread of ransomware, the most common form of malicious cyber-attacks.
“We know that the ransomware that infects your system is not just limited to the recent attacks.
It’s been around for a while, and we are trying to keep it out of the hands of the criminals,” said the email from Linus Torvalds, CEO of the Linux community, to the community.
“The only way to protect yourself from ransomware is to secure your system with a free and easy-to-use Linux operating system.
That includes installing and running the open source software on your system.”
The Linux Foundation encourages you to secure all your Linux systems and to update as frequently as possible to protect against ransomware attacks.
If you have not already done so, please update to the latest version of your favorite Linux distro and then make sure you keep the system secure.
If your system has been infected, it is a good idea to upgrade it. “
For many Linux users, this is a no-brainer.
If your system has been infected, it is a good idea to upgrade it.
But if you are still on a system with previous Linux releases, you may want to install a new distro instead of upgrading,” he said.
Torvaldets also asked developers to “update their software so that it can be patched against the ransomware and other types of threats, and to always run the latest security patches.
We encourage you to keep an eye on your Linux system and make sure it’s not vulnerable to any other threat.”
Linux security researcher Linus Blomqvist said the Foundation’s email was “not too bad”, adding that the foundation’s goal of keeping the community up-tune with security patches is laudable.
“Linux is a highly vulnerable platform.
It has a lot of vulnerabilities, including vulnerabilities in the operating system itself, and Linux distributes its code and resources through the Linux Kernel,” Blomqvist told Reuters.
“That means the vulnerabilities in Linux are everywhere.
If the Linux kernel can’t be patched, then Linux’s security is useless.
If security flaws in Linux can’t get patched, the kernel will die.”
Torbalds also warned that the free distribution of Linux was not secure and suggested that users install a separate operating system such as Windows or Mac OS X instead of Linux.
“This is not something that you can do easily in Linux.
You need to learn how to do it on your own, but you need to do that with the best of your skills and know-how,” Torvaldebs said.
“Don’t try to run Windows or Linux on your linux machine.
I have no idea what the Linux distribution looks like.
It looks like a text file.”