Kaspersky Lab: Reflecting on the Year 2000 [includes Linux virus discussion]

“Increased virus-writer activity in the area of virus
development for Linux has been registered this year. 37 new viruses
and Trojans for this operating system have been detected.
Therefore, currently the total number of viruses for Linux is 43,
and what is most remarkable is that in 2000, the quantity of these
viruses has increased 7-fold.”

Despite the fact that some species are able to replicate
and work independently, no Linux virus has ever been detected
‘in-the-wild’. Kaspersky Lab experts assume that this is because
the Linux desktop standard is not as popular as its

“The most interesting member of the Linux virus family is
Siilov. It is the first Linux virus that works in background mode,
and is able to infect files in real-time mode.”

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