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Chinese Cybercriminals are Targeting Vulnerable Linux Servers in America



BlackBerry reported that Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups have been infiltrating Linux servers for at least 8 years using malware.

In a post titled “Decade of the RATs: Cross-Platform APT Espionage Attacks Targeting Linux, Windows and Android,” security researchers discovered that these groups have been attacking companies across the globe. All sorts of industries have been targeted by these cybercriminal entities, which have diverse goals ranging from simple cybercrime to corporate espionage.

The RATs report highlighted how five APT groups are collaborating with the Chinese government. The cybercriminals were using remote access trojans (RATs) to gain access to Linux servers.

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These groups have specifically singled out Red Hat Enterprise, CentOS, and Ubuntu Linux for economic espionage and intellectual property theft.

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The BlackBerry researchers believe that all five groups are working in tandem, due to the similarities in their preferred ways of conducting these attacks.

Eric Cornelius, chief product officer at BlackBerry, hopes that the report will motivate security teams to take cybersecurity threats more seriously and not be so dismissive like in the past.

“Most enterprises today are not focused on Linux as deeply as they should be,” he stated. “Linux malware is a thing and it’s been going on a long time.”

TechRepublic covered the full extent of how vulnerable many organizations are to Chinese cybercrime:

The RAT report illustrates the risk of these infections by listing all the organizations that use Linux: The stock exchanges in New York, London and Tokyo; nearly all the big tech and e-commerce giants are dependent on it, including Google, Yahoo, and Amazon, most U.S. government agencies and the Department of Defense; virtually all of the top one-million websites; 75% of all web servers; 98% of the world’s most advanced supercomputers; and more than 75% of all cloud servers.

Cornelius believes that using open source software is a good strategy for cyber criminals because they can use people’s previous work and because there exists more plausible deniability.

“When people find it, they’ll have a difficult time finding any attribution beyond open source framework,” he stated. “When you custom develop software from the ground up, you put a lot of yourself into it which allows for meaningful attribution.”

Cornelius claimed that there are several obstacles in establishing a Linux defense in the market.

“Because security teams are underfunded and understaffed, they are probably not going to develop bespoke solutions for Linux,” he stated.

U.S. policymakers will have to come to grips with the fact that China is the #1 security threat to America.

Instead, of dropping trillions in never-ending wars in the Middle East, the U.S. should be investing more in its cybersecurity infrastructure.


Mara Elvira Salazar is No Friend of America First Nationalism

Republican leaders would be wise to ignore all of her political advice.



If there’s one Republican leader that young activists should never listen to, it’s Florida Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar. 

Salazar, who is a Cuban American, has been an outspoken advocate of loosening U.S. immigration laws. In fact, she even confronted known immigration hawk and key Trump adviser Stephen Miller at a Republican Study Committee weekly lunch on February 24, 2021. She specifically criticized Trump’s immigration message and demanded that the GOP be more inclusive in its outreach.

“I told him [Miller] that the GOP needs to attract the browns,” stated Salazar. “We, for the last 30 years since Ronald Reagan, have not sent the right message to the browns,” she continued. “Reagan was the last guy who gave a path to citizenship to 3 million people … 35 years ago. It’s time for us to do the same thing that Reagan did.”

Salazar doubled down on her pro-immigration message when she went on Larry Kudlow’s show on March 2 and declared that former President Donald Trump would have done better with Hispanics by advocating for looser immigration. Journalist Ryan Girdusky noted how some of Trump’s advisers were already pushing for amnesty lite policies:

Girdusky added that Salazar was rather unhinged in her criticism of Miller’s vision for the GOP:

Salazar made a lot of noise about the Hispanic vote, despite ignoring how Trump improved his Hispanic numbers between 2016 and his re-election bid in 2020 from 28% to 32%. And he did so without much Hispandering or campaigning on passing amnesty. 

The unsavory fact that the GOP consultant class and the likes of Salazar refuse to acknowledge is that the Black Lives Matter unrest alone likely pushed significant segments of the Hispanic population into the Democrats’ arms. BLM radicalism alienated Americans of all backgrounds., but Hispanics were not having any of this kind of ruckus. Even Hispanic Democrats, of all groups, largely supported strong military action during the riots.

In reality, Hispanic support for Trump is largely based on his bluster and political bluntness, which many minority groups find comfort in. 

However, Republicans like Salazar gets it all wrong by thinking that expanding immigration both legal and illegal is a key to the Republican Party success. The Republican Party will have to concede that they can make gains with Hispanics at the margins but they cannot expect to win the majority of the Hispanic vote due to Hispanics’ propensity to support many causes ranging from gun control to more government involvement in healthcare. Data from the Pew Research Center demonstrates these beliefs among Hispanics. Nevertheless, there are some avenues for outreach with this demographic  but they must be done right. 

The key for Republican success is the white working class voters, which played a crucial role in putting Trump over the top in the Midwest back in 2016. These voters are not the most reliable in terms of turnout, but they comprise a vast segment of the American electorate. Any candidate who can activate them could potentially build a hegemonic electoral coalition for years to come. The goal for a sane Republican campaign is to maximize turnout and support among the WWC. 

Such inroads with WWC voters are more important than meeting a diversity quota the likes of Salazar and naive Republican strategists would like the party to pursue. Any nationalist campaign worth its salt would be promoting the following: Infrastructure projects targeting the Midwest, the restriction of both illegal and legal immigration, and re-shoring programs to bring jobs back. 

On the other hand, following Salazar’s program is the way that the GOP will become irrelevant and alienate many WWC voters who are already on the fence with regards to the Republican Party. These voters are not going to gravitate towards Republicans just because of the “R” next to their name. They still must be catered to and pushing for amnesty is one way to turn working class voters off.

Under Salazar’s watch, the GOP will simply be going back to the politically correct ways of the Bush administration. To tap into the sleeping giants that is the WWC, Republican leaders should ignore everything Salazar has to say and get fully behind nationalist policies such as immigration restriction, infrastructure development, and re-shoring. 


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