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ZDNET UK: Linux viruses from China predicts Russian expert

Jan 24, 2000, 16:07 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Knight)

"A Russian anti-virus expert has warned that an influx of viruses targeted at the Linux operating system (OS) is on its way courtesy of hackers in China."

"Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus in Moscow, says the increasing popularity of the open source operating system in the West, combined with the dramatic uptake of Linux in China, will result in a plague of Linux viruses spreading their way across the globe...."

"But while Kaspersky warns of imminent doom for the open source phenomenon, Jason Clifford, Linux developer and consultant, thinks the threat is overblown. He points out that the file system in Linux is structured to make it more difficult for malicious code to spread. "Because Linux is based on Unix, it is much more strict about file permissions. In order for a virus to have a real effect it would require someone to be stupid enough to run (log in) as root. On a system with 1000 users, if one user were to compile a virus he would damage his own files but no anyone else's."

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