The First Linux Botnet?
Sep 13, 2009, 19:07 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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"According to a report in The Register, A Russian security
researcher, Denis Sinegubko, has discovered a cluster of infected
Linux servers that have been corralled into a botnet, which is then
used to distribute malware to Windows users.
"Ah, Windows fans everywhere, I hate to break this to you but
compromised Linux servers have been used for ages to run Windows
botnets. After all, if you had a couple of hundred of thousand
Windows PCs at your beck and call would you use Windows to control
them? Of course not!
"Yes, Linux servers have been broken into manually. There is
not, I repeat, is not, any malware that automatically convert Linux
desktops or servers into virus-spreading boxes. All that has
happened is that someone, as many others have in the past, has
busted into improperly secured Linux servers. "