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LinuxPR: Ramen "in-the-wild" -- NASA, Texas A&M, Supermicro Sites Hit

Jan 29, 2001, 18:00 (11 Talkback[s])

"Kaspersky Lab, an international data-security software-development company, warns users about the real threat posed by the Ramen Internet-worm. According to recent reports, the worm has already caused several incidents of Web sites in different parts of the world being defaced; therefore, Ramen has become the first malicious code for Linux that has been detected "in-the-wild."

"During the past several days, Kaspersky Lab has received confirmation of Ramen penetrating into several corporate networks. Among them are the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Texas A&M University, and Taiwan-based computer hardware manufacturer Supermicro. These organizations' Web sites have been attacked by a worm causing the Web sites' title pages to appear as shown at http://www.kaspersky.com/news.asp?tnews=0&nview=1&id=151&page=0."

"The discovery of the Ramen worm 'in-the-wild' is a very significant moment in computer history. Previously considered as an absolutely secured operating system, Linux now has become yet another victim to computer malware," said Denis Zenkin, Head of Corporate Communications for Kaspersky Lab. During the past 8 years since Linux was first developed, there have been discovered about 50 malicious programs for this operating system, but none of them had yet to be sighted "in-the-wild."

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