Worst nightmare becomes reality: Linux Mint distro hacked and backdoor introduced

Linux distributor ‘Linux Mint’ warned users over the weekend that it has been hacked, exposing users to a malicious backdoor and compromising sensitive customer information.

Project leader Clement Lefebvre explained in a blog post that the attacker made a modified Linux Mint ISO, with a backdoor in it, and then hacked the distributor’s website to point to it.

In this moment the website is still down: http://www.linuxmint.com/ but the blog isn’t.

You should check the hash of the ISO you’re downloading!

Oh, I forgot to mention: also all user data was stolen.

More here:

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2994

http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/linux-mint-users-compromised-after/


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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since over 20 years in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is CEO and owner of Endpoint Cybersecurity GmbH focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .
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