Solved Linux hacking and exploitation!

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December 17, 2013 at 19:59:55
Specs: Windows 8 - 64Bit, 1.8 GHz / 4gig
It has long been supposed that the Linux system was no vulnerable to hacking and it has been touted as the safest system going. I was inyerested therefore to read this article on "ArsTechnica": http://arstechnica.com/security/201...

Makes you wonder...


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#1
December 17, 2013 at 23:16:18
Only those ignorant of computer security have ever supposed that Linux (OS X, whatever - substitute the OS of your choice) is vulnerable to hacking. After all, the very first malware was designed to run on Unix machines.

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#2
December 18, 2013 at 06:45:54
Said less bluntly, Linux is as vulnerable as OS X and Windows. Conventional wisdom said Linux wouldn't be hacked because the hackers use Linux. (And why would you hack your stuff?) That sentiment is silly. Windows is targeted because it has 85% market share of PC users, 33% of servers, and all of the tools are written to target Windows.

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#3
December 18, 2013 at 08:40:59
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Linux is an open source OS, so the source code is easily available online to anyone who wants it....of course it would be hacked, it's not a matter of if but when. The ONLY reason it hasn't been up to this point is because there wasn't enough of a market share to bother, but with Linux climbing in popularity for the crowd who doesn't like Macs or PCs plus it's rising use as a web server, someone will exploit it.

The ever-growing sophistication of hackers means that likely open source OSs will at some point go the way of the dodo bird.

Just like Apple users, the users of Linux cannot take the holy grail of having an impenetrable OS....there is no such thing.


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#4
December 18, 2013 at 14:13:08
Open Source has nothing to do with it, other than meaning that vulnerabilities tend to get patched quicker. Else Windows would never be compromised, would it?

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