As an Emsisoft Blog subscriber & user of the software on my Windows systems, which are about half of that of a year ago, today ran across an article that raised my eyebrows & should do the same for all computer owners, regardless of the OS ran. Including Linux users.
More about this seriously emerging threat here:
This is a serious threat to all computer users. The days of opening 'untrusted' emails on Linux & feeling safe are gone, unless booting from Live finalized media (a CD or DVD). Not CD/DVD RW media, as this type of media can still be written to, even after the ISO is burned. This means that booting from a USB stick may infect it & will need to be securely erased before inserting in another computer with a partition tool, followed by a reset of the MBR to clear the hidden boot code that even DBAN misses on HDD's, even if 'autonuke' is ran twice. Don't believe that? Try it on an old, spare drive that had a Linux install, insert it in a PC & boot, a 'grub rescue' error may be displayed. This means that the MBR wasn't erased or reset, a commonly found option on a Windows partition tool or bootable CD. Or maybe GParted has the same capability, am not sure.
Regardless, we have a threat on our hands to contend with & need to create a plan of action.
It's my hope that as Linux users, we can discuss security plans that may divert these attacks, obviously the first may be doing away with not only Google Chrome, yet all browsers that are Chromium based, especially the betas like Vivaldi, and any older Opera browsers no longer supported which uses Chromium as a base, much like Linux Mint & many other distros uses Ubuntu to build their OS's on. It appears that in the long haul, Google Chrome may need to revert to another source other than Chromium to build their browser on, after all, it's just a skin with their customizations, which can be transferred to another base, or modified to fit another.
Chances are, someone has already posted this in the Windows sections of the forum, as Emsisoft offers no security for Linux, yet if there's demand, may in the future.
Good Luck & Stay Safe!