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Developer Ponders Release of Linux Malware

Dec 01, 2009, 15:32 (9 Talkback[s])
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"A developer who claims he is tired of the "Linux is secure" argument has set out to develop a "package of malware for Unix/Linux" in order to help ethical hackers demonstrate the vulnerability of the open source operating system.

""I was fed up with the general consensus that Linux is oh-so-secure and has no malware," a developer going by the name of buchner.johannes wrote on Ask Slashdot, in posting filed by kdawson.

""After a week of work, I finished a package of malware for Unix/Linux," Johannes wrote. "Its whole purpose is to help white-hat hackers point out that a Linux system can be turned into a botnet client by simply downloading BOINC and attaching it to a user account to help scientific projects."

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