Friday, November 05, 2004

Study: Linux Is Least Secure OS

Study: Linux Is Least Secure OS: "According to mi2g, Linux-based computers accounted for more than 65 percent of all successful electronic attacks during the past year, whereas Windows-based systems were responsible for only 25 percent. Attacks against Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD)-based systems were successful less than 5 percent of the time. However, it's worth noting--although mi2g didn't--that BSD-based machines make up a small percentage of the installed base of permanently connected machines. In all probability, those machines weren't attacked simply because there was little incentive to do so, not because of any inherent superiority over Linux- or Windows-based systems.
The mi2g study also analyzed the impact of malware during the same time period and found that most malware attacks--about 60 percent--successfully targeted small businesses, whereas about 33 percent successfully targeted home users. Only 6 percent of malware attacks successfully targeted midsized businesses, whereas 2.5 percent successfully targeted enterprises, government agencies, and similar firms. According to the company, 459 successful malware attacks occurred during the past year, most of which targeted Windows-based systems. Malware rarely targeted BSD-based and Linux systems."

I'm sure this will incite some fun debates...

By the way: sorry for the late posts today; Blogger was busticated all morning. I think it's time for me to start exploring alternative tools.
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