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internetnews.com: Research Says Linux Servers Mostly Hack-Free

Jul 31, 2004, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"According to new research published by Evans Data this week, a significant majority of Linux servers have never been infected with a virus and have never been compromised by a malicious attack.

"A word of caution though: The results come from a July survey of only 500 Linux developers. In that survey, 78 percent of respondents reported that they have never had a Linux server compromised by a malicious hacking activity, while 92 percent claimed that they have never had a Linux machine infected with a virus. The survey results stand in stark contrast with Evans Data's own spring survey of non-Linux developers, in which 60 percent admitted that they had a security breach, and a full 32 percent actually had three or more breaches. Only 7 percent of Linux users reported having three or more breaches..."

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