Google’s Chronicle Security team discovered a Linux version of the Winnti malware was used in the 2015 hack of a Vietnamese gaming company.

The malware has proved to be a popular tool used by Beijing hackers over the last decade and has been used against various targets for varied motivations, including a German pharmaceutical company in April 2019.

Researchers identified a small cluster of Winnti samples designed specifically for Linux that work as a backdoor on infected hosts allowing threat actors unauthorized access to infected systems, according to a May 15 blog post.

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