Tux Gone Phishing?
According to eBay's security chief, Linux – not Windows – is the preferred OS for spammers and phishers.
Dave Cullinane told Computerworld that eBay has done exhaustive analysis on the systems used by spammers and phishers, and found that most were Linux boxes infected with rootkits, not compromised Microsoft boxes. The announcement came – coincidentally, of course - at a Microsoft-sponsored security conference.
Symantec Security VP Afred Huger weighed in to say that Linux boxes are generally used to control botnets, but the actual bots are almost always Windows computers.
Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.
Special Reports: DevOps
Have projects in development that need help? Have a great development operation in place that can ALWAYS be better? Regardless of where you are in your DevOps process, Linux Journal can help!
With deep focus on Collaborative Development, Continuous Testing and Release & Deployment, we offer here the DEFINITIVE DevOps for Dummies, a mobile Application Development Primer, advice & help from the experts, plus a host of other books, videos, podcasts and more. All free with a quick, one-time registration. Start browsing now...
- The Ubuntu Conspiracy
- A First Look at IBM's New Linux Servers
- Vigilante Malware
- Disney's Linux Light Bulbs (Not a "Luxo Jr." Reboot)
- System Status as SMS Text Messages
- Libreboot on an X60, Part I: the Setup
- Bluetooth Hacks
- Dealing with Boundary Issues
- Vagrant Simplified
- Linux and the Internet of Things