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NT still most hacked web server platform, but Linux second in defacements

Jan 09, 2001, 15:26 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Middleton)

By James Middleton, UK.internet.com

The year 2000 saw Windows NT steaming ahead yet again as the most hacked web server operating system, after a majority of defaced pages were found to be sitting on compromised NT boxes. As NT is one of the most popular options for web servers, it appears that it is attacked most, however a number of companies running web sites on variations of Linux also suffered the embarrassment of defacement.

Defaced web page aggregation service, Attrition.org, provided the statistics. The site maintains snapshots of any pages that are reported to be hacked and is usually the first port of call for any hacker who has just defaced a web site. According to the research carried out between August 1999 and the present day, Windows NT was running on 56 per cent of compromised web servers. Although none of the other operating systems even came close to these figures, perhaps surprisingly, unknown distributions of Linux took second place with 12 per cent of the compromises.

Red Hat Linux, also took 7 per cent of the defacements, doing slightly better than Solaris, which accounted for 8 per cent of compromises. Windows 2000, was down nearer the bottom of the list, only suffering 2 per cent of the successful hacking attempts. More obscure distributions of Linux such as Debian and Slackware, along with MacOS and BSD were lower down the list, with Power BSD and MacOSX powered web servers only being hacked on one occasion.

The full table can be seen here.

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