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Linux boxes power Windows botnets

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Fri Oct 05 2007, 20:18

LINUX boxes are the weapon of choice for pirate spammers wanting to run Windows based botnets.

Ebay's security boss Dave Cullinane said his outfit had done an in-depth analysis of its threat situation. Speaking to Computerworld he said that the vast majority of the threats Ebay sees are on root-kitted Linux boxes, which was rather startling.

He had expected to see shedloads of Microsoft boxes. None of the Linux operators whose machines had been compromised were even aware they'd been infected. The Botnets themselves were Windows driven.

His theory is that because Linux is reliable and a great platform for running server software, the machines are used by phishers to set up fake websites, hoping to lure victims into disclosing their passwords.

The code can be easily tailored to run huge numbers of botnets, he reckons. µ


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