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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)

"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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