Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Hybrid Virtual Private Servers provider Future Hosting Issues Linux Ransomware Warning

February 23, 2016
Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Hybrid Virtual Private Servers provider Future Hosting Issues Linux Ransomware Warning
Dedicated servers, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), and hybrid Virtual Private Servers provider Future Hosting has issued a warning to its customers regarding threats related to Linux Ransomware. Future Hosting, which has headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, United States, was established in 2001. The company is aiming to raise awareness about ransomware that threatens websites on Linux servers.

The Linux ransomware issue was first recognized by Sucuri in late 2015. A Delaware Corporation company, Sucuri is a global security company that focuses on recognizing and rectifying websites that have been compromised by security threats. While the bulk of ransomware attacks traditionally focused on PCs, Linux.Encoder ransomware attacks Linux servers by encrypting key site files. It is being used to force server owners to make bitcoin payments to buy encryption keys to restore their servers’ functionality.

Future Hosting’s recommendation to its web hosting customers is to ensure up-to-date data backups are available. The company also notes that ‘failing to implement security best practices’ and maintaining regular updates could leave servers vulnerable to attacks.

“We host many thousands of virtual private and dedicated Linux servers, with both managed and unmanaged plans,” explained Future Hosting’s Vice President of Operations, Maulesh Patel. “We do our best to ensure that managed servers are protected from malware, including ransomware, but we want to stress the responsibility that server administrators have to protect their own data and follow security best practices.”

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