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ZDNet: Does OS Matter Anymore for Security?

Jul 07, 2005, 01:00 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by George Ou)

"Whenever I've touched on the sensitive topic of Linux vs. Windows or Apache vs. Microsoft IIS security, I expected the usual flame treatment and nasty name calling to fly. It's usually taken as gospel in many IT circles to assume that Windows Security is an oxymoron; anyone who dares to suggest using Microsoft IIS 6.0 for a public web server faces serious ridicule. To see if there was any truth to this presumption that Windows Server is fundamentally insecure, I looked up these hacking statistics from www.zone-h.org for 2003 to 2004. Not only did it not show that Windows was hacked more often, but just the opposite. The Linux servers were actually getting hacked and defaced far more often than the Windows server and Apache was also being hacked and defaced more than Microsoft IIS..."

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