Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 22:41 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Security watchers say the Kama Sutra worm, which is programmed to overwrite files on infected Windows PCs today, will have a damaging but not catastrophic effect. The Kama Sutra worm (or Nyxem-E or Blackworm) poses as an email message offering a variety of salacious content. Subject lines used in the malicious emails include: The Best Videoclip Ever, Fw: SeX.mpg, Miss Lebanon 2006 and Fuckin Kama Sutra pics. The worm, which can also spread across network shares, only affects Windows PCs.
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People need to remember
by kensai on Sat 4th Feb 2006 00:37 UTC
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Windows isn't getting more viruses or is more insecure because it's user base is bigger, is just because it is for sure less secure than Linux. non-root user can't damage anything on the system and you would be running as non-root forever (I hope). With a virus like that maybe it can damage a few of your /home/user directory files and nothing more a thing that will be fixed easily or erase and create user again. And about FreeBSD don't even think about a virus doing more damage on it since it is even more secure than Linux. So don't take me for a Linux zealot, just take me as a FreeBSD user that likes to correct some wrong statements.

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RE: People need to remember
by Wrawrat on Sat 4th Feb 2006 00:57 in reply to "People need to remember"
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But what is more important: your system or your data files?

A borked system can take hours to fix up, but data is often impossible to restitute. If you didn't made backups, that's it. Yet, the average user (in contrast to your average OSN reader) isn't familiar with these procedures. You should not take destructive viruses lightly even if you are running a Unix/Unix-based system.

Just take me as a knowledgeable user. ;)

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RE: People need to remember
by Bending Unit on Sat 4th Feb 2006 09:55 in reply to "People need to remember"
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Oh, how comforting. Except that I don't care about system files, it my own stuff that's important, you know the files in /home/user. Corrupted files are not easily detected and can overwrite your healthy files on your backup drive.

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