Ramen Has Broken Free! Thursday 25 January 2001 PDF Print The world's first Linux Internet-worm has been reported "in-the-wild" Cambridge, UK, January 25, 2001 - Kaspersky Lab, an international data-security software-development company, last week warned users about the real threat posed by the Ramen Internet-worm. According to recent reports, the worm has already caused several incidents of Web sites in different parts of the world being defaced; therefore, Ramen has become the first malicious code for Linux that has been detected "in-the-wild". Ramen was originally discovered in the middle of January 2001, it has the ability to spread via the Internet and penetrates systems running Red Hat Linux versions 6.2 and 7.0. In order to gain access to a computer, the worm exploits three known security breaches in these particular operating systems. These breaches allow Ramen to take over the root access rights and unbeknownst to the user, execute its code on the target systems. During the past several days, Kaspersky Lab has received confirmation of Ramen penetrating into several corporate networks. Among them are the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Texas A&M University, and Taiwan-based computer hardware manufacturer Supermicro. These organisations’ Web sites have been attacked by a worm causing the Web sites' title pages to appear as follows: RameN Crew Hackers looooooooooooooooove Noodles "The discovery of the Ramen worm ’in-the-wild’ is a very significant moment in computer history. Previously considered as an absolutely secured operating system, Linux now has become yet another victim to computer malware," said Denis Zenkin, Head of Corporate Communications for Kaspersky Lab. During the past 8 years since Linux was first developed, there have been discovered about 50 malicious programs for this operating system, but none of them had yet to be sighted "in-the-wild." It is important to emphasise that the aforementioned security breaches were discovered more than half a year ago. Right after this, Red Hat Linux developers immediately released corresponding security patches eliminating the problem. "The fact that Ramen penetrated into several respected organisations, including NASA, shows that even the most professional network engineers don't pay enough attention to timely installation of security patches in order to protect their systems. This worries us most, as neglecting basic enterprise security rules can stimulate hackers to develop malicious code for Linux," adds Denis Zenkin. Kaspersky Lab recommends users immediately install all the available security patches for the Linux operating system regardless of the Linux distribution you currently use. You can download the patches and read what Red Hat officials have said about the Ramen worm at the following address: http://www.redhat.com/support/alerts/ramen_worm.html More detailed technical information about the Ramen Internet-worm can be found in Kaspersky Virus Encyclopedia at http://www.viruslist.com Kaspersky Anti-Virus, including a version for Linux, can be purchased in Kaspersky Lab online store or from your nearest Kaspersky Anti-Virus distributor. Notes to Editors Screenshot of display message available, please contact Sara Claridge 0118 9755188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org About Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Lab Ltd. is a fast growing international privately owned data-security software-development company with offices in Moscow (Russia), Cambridge (UK) and Walnut Creek (United States). Founded in 1997, the company concentrates its efforts on the development of world-leading anti-virus technologies and software. Kaspersky Lab also provides free online security related Internet information services. The company markets, distributes and supports its software and services in more than 40 countries worldwide. Media Contacts Denis Zenkin Kaspersky Lab, Ltd. Phone: +7 (095) 797 87 00 E-mail: email@example.com WWW: http://kaspersky.com Sara Claridge Marylebone Media Relations Phone +44 118 975 5188 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Marylebone Media Relations in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.