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Linux Hit by Malware

Linux Hit by Malware

Added: Friday, September 16th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Linux community sites were taken offline due to a number of alleged malicious attacks that managed to dent the Linux’s myth of impenetrability.


The non-commercial Linux Foundation has published a message saying that it, Linux.com, and also all their subdomains had been taken down for the time of dealing with a security breach.

It is believed that the attack relates to an earlier intrusion on another Linux community website – Kernel.org. According to industry experts, the Linux Foundation and Kernel.org are actually online neighbours in the particular network block. However, LinuxFoundation.org has been offline for almost a week thus far, which is rather a considerable time for many.

The post explained that website administrators were in the “process of securely restoring all services as quickly as they only could”. However, they currently warn of a necessity to consider passwords and SSH keys that might have been used on the website.

For people claiming that Linux defences are close to unassailable, this news is a tad embarrassing of. Some of the malware experts admit it shouldn’t have come as a great surprise that Linux system’s security had failed. They confirm that there actually has been malware for Linux for a long time now, but lots of users didn’t realize it, because there was too much malware for Windows operating system in comparison.

Meanwhile, LinuxFoundation, when approached by the media in attempts to find out if there was any more information available, told that they are keeping to investigate and are currently doing whatever they can to expedite restoring all their domains. The company promised they would communicate with everyone when the service is back online. Unfortunately, they didn’t say anything else thus far. Nor they disclosed what kind of malware was the reason of websites failure or if it even was malware at all.

The news may mean that Linux is not that perfect as it used to be for many people, who mainly chose it for its consistence to malware attacks. Meanwhile, the attacks could at least mean that Linux operating system is considered prominent enough to serve as a target of criminal attention, thus playing down past accusations that it was “nothing more than hobby software”.

September 16th,2011

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Date:  Friday, September 16th, 2011

Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-09-16 14:11:24)
DEMONLORD avatarit had to happen sooner or later

posted by ET loverSuperman (2011-09-16 15:59:36)
tonymengela avatarThis should be considered a good thing as when they fix the hole it will be more secure. Granted NOTHING is totally secure EVER.

posted by (2011-09-16 16:33:14)
hrg avatarShame to hear but not all that unexpected ubuntu put linux out for the mass, i personally have turned 20-30 people over to the wonderful little penguin but as it grows so are the people targeting it, doubt we have much to fear though this attack was unexpected you can just bet white hats around the world are taking apart what happened and putting a stop to it.. Don't fear the penguin

posted by (2011-09-16 17:00:29)
ic3m4l3 avatarAPPLE NEXT

posted by (2011-09-16 17:27:52)
bazzer1234 avatarapples already been hacked

posted by (2011-09-16 20:51:31)
jernbean avatari didnt know one of the operation systems that run the playstation network was hack! omg OmG OMG! like it wasnt going to happen, come on apple's next!

posted by (2011-09-16 21:48:20)
Newtype avatarI just started studying Computer Science and all the computers at skool use Linux, so I installed Ubuntu on my laptop. I'm still learning things here and there, but it's nice.

posted by (2011-09-17 01:26:08)
kingtiger01 avatarWell, it comes as no suprise. As a previous Contract Security Analyst, theres a old saying. "if it has a input, its penetrable" Its all a matter of Will, no matter what the OS.

Theres no such thing as Impenetrable Security, Just Difficult security.

and from what ive been reading, this was aimed @ Apache, not the kernel. So Rule#1 about hosting, Secure youre door before you lock it....

Rule#2, Patch Soon, Patch often.

Rule#3, Nothing is Too Secure.

Rule#4, Always keep a local IT Security Staff.

Linux.com and Kernel.org are NOTORIOUS for believing in the "Security, is based apon Obscurity of Thought" Principal. Rather than a "All Out War" approach.

Linux is based on the Community, many community members are only out to make a name for them selves though, not out to help Linux as a whole. Private Agenda's Ruin Public Projects, and as such you need a group of people dedicated to a purpose. The Apache Group, Dev. Team should of Hired a few Private Contract Programmers Tears ago to help with the project. There a Community but some times the Sheriff has to hire a few mercenaries(hows that for a Metaphor?)

Linux.com should of Listened to the Apache Foundation 2 years ago and pooled resources with all there Investment groups to work on focusing on increased security at both the Unix/Linux Kernel Level and Apache Foundation Software.

Issues like this would of been resolved before they happened.

On top of that, Why wasnt there servers ran on a VM that was backed up Incrementally, and put in a Read-only mode? updates stored in SQL, and backed up hourly and compared every 4 days for changes/damages and then purge 3 days worth?

This is just proof of lack of Prudent planning...

Viruses in all forms Exist for every platform, and the same goes for all types of Malware/Spamware.

posted by (2011-09-17 01:44:41)
kingtiger01 avatar@jernbean:

Little info for you...

Linux Hierarchy.
Unix > Linux

Apple/Macintosh Hierarchy.
Unix > BSD > Macintosh OS/2 (RTDM) > Macintosh OS/2 > OSX

Apple's OS's are built apon BSD, and the Advancements of The Unix Kernel and Filesystem. Although they may have made Advancements of there own. Its still not a "Roots" project.

Apple OS has been Vulnerable forever. Because it still is susceptible to the very same Security Threats as its base. Dont think for ONE IOTA of a Moment, that Apple has not taken advantage of the Open Source, Advancements of Linux and incorporated it Silently.

Thus meaning just as secure and Just as Insecure.

The difference is, Apple is 90% thought 10% Action. You as any PC Enthusiast that has any Real experience and Knowledge in the field of Development and Business. They will Tell you.

Apple's Successes is PURELY based apon Cosmetics, not engineering.

Advertising, and Cosmetic Design. Thats All.

IBM, INTEL, AMD. - They all have something in Common. While they all share and use the IBM i386/x86 Platform, they all have developed there own independent platforms as well


Apple, on the other hand, Has used IBM Processors until recently when they switched to intel.

Why did they switch to intel.

1.Compatibility with "Commonly" used Architectures(Intel-x86/AMD64)

2.Performance Issues.(anyone that can try and sit here and argue that 600mhz can cut it in modern application design. Is either being paid or Lying out there Teeth)

So yes, Apple will Be Hacked. Apple has been Capable of being hacked since 1989.

Do you KNOW how many times they Have Already?
(i can remember the groups doing it back in the 90's)
What has it Done To them?
(nothing, Roll back a few hours it never happened. Keep it out of the media, no one knows about it except the ones that claim responsibility for 30 minutes of Downtime.)

To apple, its nothing. They hush the news and thats, that.

Its a Corporation...

On the other hand, LINUX is a Community. They cant provide $28Million in Advertising and Media Protection.

posted by Turtle (2011-09-17 02:36:50)
D4T4 avatar@kingtiger01 and as we know, sometimes it's simply too easy to get in!

posted by ET lover (2011-09-17 04:19:11)
wolverinessm avatarthat means nothing is impenetrable and secure

posted by ModeratorXbox (2011-09-17 06:43:33)
LoMX avatarYeah right wolverinessm, Nothing is 100% secure..

posted by (2011-09-18 01:55:26)
No avatar@kingtiger01

Little info for you...

Apple/Macintosh OSX Hierarchy.

Apple never had anything to do with OS/2 - it was developed first by IBM and Microsoft and later by IBM exclusively. When Apple rehired Jobs in late 1996 part of the deal was that they were to buy NeXT and, under his direction, they immediately started developing the resulting operating system into OSX. If you're going to be arrogant, at least be correct.

posted by (2011-09-18 13:41:10)
Quixis avatarIt's still safer to use Linux without an antivirus than Windows WITH a good antivirus.

posted by (2011-09-18 18:55:03)
tpbcrazy avatarhmm, still, linux is far far far secure..atleast the common windows insects cant crawl in

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