Defending Linux: Threat hunting in the Cloud - VMRay

Defending Linux:
Threat Hunting in the Cloud

Explore why and how Linux has been gaining popularity as a target, the attacks types addressing Cloud, and how you can improve Linux security through in-depth analysis of Linux executables.


Dive into an illuminating course that navigates the intricate landscape of Linux and Cloud security across eight enriching chapters. This comprehensive exploration takes you from the pivotal advantages of cloud environments to the nuanced challenges they entail. Uncover the evolving allure for threat actors within this digital realm, and dissect the multifaceted dimensions of Linux-based threats that confront modern cybersecurity.

Discover the mechanisms that drive the increasing sophistication of attacks and gain a deep understanding of their impact. Additionally, explore the integration of advanced malware analysis, forging a path towards fact-based security solutions in the dynamic world of Cloud computing. This course equips you with essential insights to safeguard your digital environment effectively.

Table of Contents

Section 1

Linux in the Cloud: An attraction for everyone – including threat actors

In Section 1, we embark on an insightful exploration of the intersection between Linux and cloud technology. With Chapters 1 to 3, we navigate through the intricate terrain of challenges that arise when Linux meets the cloud. From the allure of Linux’s popularity in cloud environments to the complexities faced by security professionals, this section sheds light on crucial dimensions of modern cybersecurity. 

Join us as we delve into the world of Linux threats, dissecting their impact, advantages, and vulnerabilities within the dynamic realm of cloud computing.

Section 2

Unveiling Cloud Threats:
Linux Under Siege

In Section 2, we dig deeper into the realm of Linux threats, peering into the intricate landscape of attacks targeting this versatile operating system. With Chapters 4 and 5, we explore how Linux has become a prime target for cybercriminals, unraveling the evolving challenges and vulnerabilities it faces in the cloud. From ransomware’s sophisticated advancements to the rise of cryptojacking and the intricacies of IoT botnets, this section unravels the multifaceted nature of modern cybersecurity threats.

Join us as we uncover the intricate strategies employed by threat actors in exploiting Linux-based environments, and then journey into the specific details of the HIVE malware, tracing its evolution and its transformative leap to “Royal” or “Black Basta” malwares. As we venture into the heart of Linux’s encounters with cyber threats, we equip ourselves with insights crucial for a resilient defense in this rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Section 3

Precision in Action:
Leveraging Deep Threat Analysis for Linux and Cloud Security

Let’s discuss the need for advanced threat analysis and in-depth malware examination within the Linux and cloud landscape, and how having a comprehensive understanding of the malware can help building a fact-based security approach.

With Chapters 6, 7, and 8, we delve deep into the strategies and methodologies that bolster our defense against evolving cyber threats. From the integration of cutting-edge analysis techniques to the practical application of in-depth analyses on real-world malware samples, this section offers a comprehensive insight into fortifying the security of Linux and cloud environments.

Join us as we explore the critical intersection of precision and proactive defense in the face of complex digital challenges.

Chapter 7: 
In-depth analysis of a HIVE malware sample – Coming soon

Chapter 8: 
In-depth analysis of an XMRig sample – Coming soon

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Further resources


Analysis of Qbot to enhance Detection Engineering

Watch the full recording from the our webinar at SANS DFIR Summit.


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Click on the yellow dots to check the report formats, see the overview, explore the network connections of the sample, malicious behavior, and relevant files, map the threat on MITRE ATT&CK Framework, analyze and download IOCs and artifacts.

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Analysis of a malicious file

Join Fatih Akar from the VMRay team as he provides a detailed walkthrough of a malicious LNK file, a prevalent attack vector since Microsoft’s Office macros block.

Gain valuable insights into each tab of our comprehensive analysis report and get a sneak peek into what you’ll be exploring.

Analysis of a malicious URL

Join Andrey Voitenko, an expert in advanced malware and phishing analysis from the VMRay team, as he demonstrates how to submit emails and URLs to the VMRay platform using built-in connectors.

Discover the capabilities of our new Automation Dashboard, enabling one-click automation with your existing EDR, SOAR, SIEM, and TIP tools. Monitor analysis data seamlessly from your VMRay dashboard and unlock new levels of efficiency in your security operations.

Integrating with existing tools

Watch Michael Bourton showcasing the seamless integration of VMRay platform with your existing security stacks.

Discover how effortlessly you can leverage unparalleled detection and analysis capabilities by utilizing dedicated connectors or our Rest API.

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Get a firsthand look at the power and capabilities of the VMRay platform by delving into our sample malware and phishing analysis reports.

Immerse yourself in a range of report formats, providing comprehensive insights.

Dive into the overview, explore intricate network connections, analyze malicious behavior in detail, and map threats using the MITRE ATT&CK Framework. See the possibilities to download clear IOCs.

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