Fear of a Linux virus
Posted Apr 13, 2006 5:14 UTC (Thu) by nlucas
Parent article: Fear of a Linux virus
People sometimes forget that one doesn't need to compromise a system (meaning, becoming root) to make enough damage.
A simple user-mode trojan can (as long as someone decides to run it) setup a keylogger, have a IRC bot running in the background, send spam (even if not using Outlook contact list, they can get the contacts from a webpage, or even google), etc.
In my opinion, the only reason there are not much treats in the *nix world is just because there are easier platforms to exploit (and, luck for the hackers/script kiddies, they are the majority).
Off course, the fact Joe "HaveNoIdeaOfComputers" Smith is mostly using that other platforms has a big role on this.
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