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Koobface Can Infect Linux Systems Too

Nov 02, 2010, 11:03 (7 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Debjit for this link. ]

"Koobface is a trojan that has been going around in social networking sites like – Facebook, Twitter, MySpace etc. It originally started as a Windows only trojan. But a few days ago, a new variant emerged which can infect both Mac OS X and Linux.

"Infecting a Mac or a Linux system with Koobface is quite tedious. Unlike in Windows, users need to manually download a java applet and give it the permission to run – that should stop the trojan right there for most users. In Linux, it gets even better – even if the applet has been allowed to run and the system has been infected, all that is needed to stop it is a simple reboot.

"However, according to some experts, the Linux infection is an unintended effect."

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