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NewsForge: Red Hat Email Scam: Hard Target or Harbinger for Linux?

Oct 28, 2004, 19:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"Linux devotees like to talk about the operating system and its various distributions as pretty much invulnerable to the kind of virus, worm, and trojan attacks perpetrated against Windows. The recent Red Hat Linux email scam does not refute this idea, but it does highlight the change in threat that comes along with a growing and changed Linux user universe, which now includes newbies and others who just might fall for an amateur phishing scam or other trick.

"In fact, security experts such as Bastille Linux Project lead developer and Intelguardians consultant Jay Beale, indicate there probably were some Red Hat Linux users who fell for the bogus Fedora 'patch' pitch, despite its apparent amateur assembly and total divergence from Red Hat's normal procedure for its distributions..."

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