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Now Linux Can Get Viruses Via Wine

Oct 26, 2009, 18:47 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by fsufitch)

"I forget who, but some wiseguy stuck a link to site (www.vivilan.cn - not linkified so Google doesn't mark me as evil) on his Facebook wall, which reminded me of one reason I love Firefox (and Linux): security! See, the site is actually a redirect to another site, which is a redirect to another site which tries to show you a fake Windows interface telling you your computer has several viruses and a ton of trojans, and offering a free download to clean them. Clicking on them gives you a nice program called "Windows Police Pro", which is a... virus.

"So I downloaded it. And ran it in Wine. And... well, it turns out Wine emulates Windows well enough to get infected by a Windows virus. Sort of, at least."

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