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eBay: Botnets are Linux-Happy

Oct 03, 2007, 15:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cade Metz)

"'These things are incredibly sophisticated, and when they take over a computer, most [users] don't know it,' he said. 'With every single phishing site [Washington Mutual has] shutdown, not one person was aware been aware that their machine was compromised and used for phishing. That includes university servers and company servers and personal PCs and all sorts of things.'

"More interesting is that most of the compromised machines were not Windows machines. 'The vast majority of [the phishing sites] we saw were on rootkit-ed Linux boxes, which was rather startling. We expected a predominance of Microsoft boxes and that wasn't the case.'

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