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SecurityFocus.com: The Coming Linux Plague

Mar 13, 2000, 15:33 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simson Garfinkel)

[ Thanks to Julian Coombes for this link. ]

"A pox on the penguin? Ready or not, Linux viruses are coming, and no one is inoculated."

"On the first day of this month, I got an e-mail from my network administrator imploring me to install the new virus DAT files that she had downloaded from the McAfee website. Viruses are the scourge of the PC world. My Linux box, on the other hand, is virus free. Many Linux boosters believe that the lack of worms and viruses is inherent in the design of the UNIX operating system. I disagree. The correct question to ask when pondering the lack of viruses on the Linux platform is not 'why aren't there any?' but instead 'what's taking them so long?' "

"Linux (and the other versions of Unix) desperately needs credible anti-virus software to stave off the coming epidemic before it happens. Think of it as a flu-shot."

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