SecurityFocus: Linux vs. Windows Viruses
Oct 06, 2003, 15:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Granneman)
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"We've all heard it many times when a new Microsoft virus comes
out. In fact, I've heard it a couple of times this week already.
Someone on a mailing list or discussion forum complains about the
latest in a long line of Microsoft email viruses or worms and
recommends others consider Mac OS X or Linux as a somewhat safer
computing platform. In response, another person named, oh, let's
call him 'Bill,' says, basically, 'How ridiculous! The only reason
Microsoft software is the target of so many viruses is because it
is so widely used! Why, if Linux or Mac OS X was as popular as
Windows, there would be just as many viruses written for those
"Of course, it's not just 'regular folks' on mailing lists who
share this opinion. Businesspeople have expressed similar attitudes
... including ones who work for anti-virus companies. Jack Clarke,
European product manager at McAfee, said, 'So we will be seeing
more Linux viruses as the OS becomes more common and popular.'
"Mr. Clarke is wrong..."