A new Linux based Distribution named as SEANux to be released by Notorious group of hackers named (SEA ) Syrian Electronic Army. Syrian Electronic Army is the same name who have made the headlines many times in the past year or so for some basic phishing attacks against media organisations and especially western media.
A Linux distribution also called “destro” is a operating system made as a collection of software based on the Linux kernel. It usually comes with Graphical user interface and hundreds of free and open source softwares, installers and application programs. Some of the most popular Linux distributions are Fedora, Tails OS, SuSE, Ubuntu, Debian, Kali Linux and Mint Linux.
Victims of Syrian Electronic Army
The hackers group, who claim to be supporters of the president Bashar al- Assad regime in Syria, targeted the social media accounts of various media outlets including The Telegraph, The Guardian, ITV, Viber, Skype, the Washington Post, PayPal, Thomson Reuters, CNN, The New York Times and recently Forbes. Even US President Obama, Microsoft, Facebook, eBay and PayPal are also the victim of their Phishing attack.
Syrian Electronic Army announced the SEANnux in a Tweet :
— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) October 12, 2014
Currently SEA team has not provided any further information about their upcoming linux destro SEANux operating system, but considering their past activities it wouldn’t be a surprise it comes with backdoors or some privacy concerning malwares hidden in it. It’s very hard to trust an operating system released by the them. As back in early 2012 the Anonymous OS by Anonymous hackers group was released, which was later found to be backdoored.
Mainly three types of Linux distributions are used in Infosec Community:
Linux OS for Penetration testing – Kali Linux and Backtrack which comes with a collection of network monitoring and penetration testing tools.
Forensic OS – OS which comes with digital forensic tools for testing and security purpose.
An Anonymous OS – OS which provides users’ anonymity and privacy, and was reportedly used by the Global surveillance Whistleblower Edward Snowden in discussions because it comes with a range of tools for protecting your privacy and data by means of strong encryption.
So, we suggest if you want to install SEANux Operating System then install it on a virtual OS, so that your privacy & data remains on a safer side.