Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Oct 2007 23:02 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption When it comes to launching online attacks, criminals are getting more organised and branching out from the Windows operating system, says eBay's security chief. eBay recently did an in-depth analysis of its threat situation, and while the company is not releasing the results of this analysis, it did uncover a huge number of hacked, botnet computers, said Dave Cullinane, eBay's chief information and security officer, speaking at a Microsoft-sponsored security symposium at Santa Clara University. "The vast majority of the threats we saw were rootkitted Linux boxes, which was rather startling. We expected Microsoft boxes," he said.
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Not surprising
by garymax on Sun 7th Oct 2007 23:22 UTC
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2006-01-23

With the number of new users streaming into Linux thanks to easy-to-use distros like Ubuntu, there are many users who do not have the requisite knowledge to adequately secure their computers--maybe even believing, albeit falsely, that Linux is inherently safe out of the box.

As more Linux systems are brought on line it is not surprising to see the number of compromised Linux boxes increase.

This does not point to a weakness of Linux per se; it points out the problem that many users are not doing enough to secure their computers.

Linux' track record still stands as a monument to the security and power of open source.

Edited 2007-10-07 23:24

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