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VNUNET.com: Bug Watch: Is Linux safe from attack?

Apr 17, 2001, 23:30 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Clark)

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"Fresh concerns have come to light regarding the vulnerabilities of open source operating systems to virus attacks. Last week's Red Worm virus was the latest in a long line to target Linux."

"There's been a long-standing belief throughout the Linux community that hackers and virus writers had better things to do than target them with malicious attacks - a belief that is beginning to erode."

"As Linux increasingly becomes a target for malicious attacks, the question arises as to how vendors and users should deal with the problem. Is it a case of developing antivirus defences specifically for Linux or is it the age old problem of increasing awareness of the threats within the open source community?

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