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ZDNET UK: Experts react to 'Chinese Linux virus'

Jan 28, 2000, 16:10 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Knight)

"The debate over whether a virus could infect and seriously affect Linux has gathered momentum with leading advocates of the open source operating system conceding that clever malicious code could damage the system. At the same time, the methods employed by anti-virus companies to sell their wares were called into question."

"Claims that an influx of Chinese viruses specifically targeted at Linux sparked off the debate following a ZDNet UK News article earlier this week. Most observers however, including programming guru and authority an all matters Linux, Alan Cox, suggest the warning from Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus was nothing more than a marketing ploy, designed to talk up a new market. But the debate is far from over."

"Says Cox in an email to ZDNet: "While I'm inclined to take this as someone talking up business for himself, vendors already take security seriously. All authentic Red Hat packages are cryptographically signed to avoid tampering or impersonation for example."

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