"Anti-virus software developer Sophos has been accused of
spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt over the safety of Linux
systems by UK pro-open source organisation NetProject. Sophos wrote
to UK newspaper Computer Weekly t'other week to claim that viruses
targeting Linux are already circulating."
"Not so, responded NetProject director Eddie Bleasdale. Yes,
anti-Linux viriuses can be written, but Linux, like Unix, has
sufficient systems in place to prevent unauthorised software from
running on any "correctly configured and administered Linux
"So prove your claim, Sophos, challenged NetProject. No, shan't,
so there, responded the anti-virus company. Bleasdale called Sophos
for clarification, and received, he says, the following message
from the company's senior spin doctor, Graham Cluley: "I don't have
any response other than that which I have already given you..."
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