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  1. #1
    ~BD~
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    No more Linux security bragging: botnet discovery worry

    Quote:-

    "Bad guys have created a botnet of Linux Web servers. In a way, that's
    even more frightening than regular botnets of compromised Windows PCs.
    In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ask if this is the end for Linux's claim to be
    more secure than Windows; or is it just a load of old hokum?"

    http://blogs.computerworld.com/14723...iscovery_worry

    --
    Dave (I nearly missed this!)

  2. #2
    Andy
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    Re: No more Linux security bragging: botnet discovery worry

    ~BD~ wrote:

    > Quote:-
    >
    > "Bad guys have created a botnet of Linux Web servers. In a way, that's
    > even more frightening than regular botnets of compromised Windows PCs.
    > In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ask if this is the end for Linux's claim to be
    > more secure than Windows; or is it just a load of old hokum?"
    >
    > http://blogs.computerworld.com/14723...iscovery_worry


    Yawn. This certainly isn't 'new'.

    A badly secured system is a badly secured system (in this case a web
    server), regardless of the platform.

    Andy.


  3. #3
    ~BD~
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    Re: No more Linux security bragging: botnet discovery worry

    On 01/10/2009 23:30, Andy wrote:
    > ~BD~ wrote:
    >
    >> Quote:-
    >>
    >> "Bad guys have created a botnet of Linux Web servers. In a way, that's
    >> even more frightening than regular botnets of compromised Windows PCs.
    >> In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ask if this is the end for Linux's claim to be
    >> more secure than Windows; or is it just a load of old hokum?"
    >>
    >> http://blogs.computerworld.com/14723...iscovery_worry

    >
    > Yawn. This certainly isn't 'new'.
    >
    > A badly secured system is a badly secured system (in this case a web
    > server), regardless of the platform.
    >
    > Andy.
    >


    This isn't new either ...... but it's still relevant!


    http://gcn.com/articles/2006/03/08/i...ty-threat.aspx


    Terrorist organizations and other national enemies have launched bogus
    Web sites that mask their covert information or provide misleading
    information to users they identify as federal employees or agents,
    according to Lance Cottrell, founder and chief scientist at Anonymizer
    of San Diego.

    The criminal and terrorist organizations also increasingly are blocking
    all traffic from North America or from Internet Protocol addresses that
    point back to users who rely on the English language, Cotrell told an
    educational seminar in Washington at the FOSE 2006 trade show's Homeland
    Security Center yesterday. FOSE is sponsored by PostNewsweek Tech Media,
    the parent company of Government Computer News.

    Among the risks of the terrorist cloaking practice are that the
    organizations can provide bogus passwords to covert meetings. By doing
    so they can pinpoint federal intelligence agents who attend the
    meetings, making them vulnerable to being kidnapped or becoming the
    unwitting carriers of false information, Cottrell said.

    Cloaking is just one means by which hostile intelligence organizations
    can exploit the ability of IP addresses to reveal the physical
    location'and frequently the organizational identity'of a user visiting a
    Web site.

    Another method Cottrell described was a case in which hackers set a
    number of criteria that they all shared using the Linux operating system
    and the Netscape browser, among other factors. When federal
    investigators using PCs running Windows and using Internet Explorer
    visited the hackers' shared site, the hackers' system immediately
    mounted a distributed denial-of-service attack against the federal system.

  4. #4
    Mara
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    Re: No more Linux security bragging: botnet discovery worry


    On Thu, 01 Oct 2009 17:30:50 -0500, Andy <no@spam.np> wrote:

    >~BD~ wrote:
    >
    >> Quote:-
    >>
    >> "Bad guys have created a botnet of Linux Web servers. In a way, that's
    >> even more frightening than regular botnets of compromised Windows PCs.
    >> In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ask if this is the end for Linux's claim to be
    >> more secure than Windows; or is it just a load of old hokum?"
    >>
    >> http://blogs.computerworld.com/14723...iscovery_worry

    >
    >Yawn. This certainly isn't 'new'.
    >
    >A badly secured system is a badly secured system (in this case a web
    >server), regardless of the platform.
    >
    >Andy.


    I thought everyone knew these:

    http://apps.facebook.com/ageofcastles/?r=1610987750&s=m

    --
    Q. Does Usenet help stamp out ignorance?
    A. That depends on whether by `stamp out' you mean `eliminate'
    or `reproduce rapidly in great quantity.'
    -- Dr. Roger M. Firestone

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