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The Register: UK group slams Sophos Linux virus threat claims

Aug 11, 2000, 19:20 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

"Anti-virus software developer Sophos has been accused of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt over the safety of Linux systems by UK pro-open source organisation NetProject. Sophos wrote to UK newspaper Computer Weekly t'other week to claim that viruses targeting Linux are already circulating."

"Not so, responded NetProject director Eddie Bleasdale. Yes, anti-Linux viriuses can be written, but Linux, like Unix, has sufficient systems in place to prevent unauthorised software from running on any "correctly configured and administered Linux computer."

"So prove your claim, Sophos, challenged NetProject. No, shan't, so there, responded the anti-virus company. Bleasdale called Sophos for clarification, and received, he says, the following message from the company's senior spin doctor, Graham Cluley: "I don't have any response other than that which I have already given you..."

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