Is Linux Ready for National Security?

    Date05 Jun 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    2957
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The popularity of the Linux open source operating system is exploding in the public sector, both in the U.S. and abroad. In May, IBM Corp. alone announced a deal to supply the Air Force, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Agriculture, . . . The popularity of the Linux open source operating system is exploding in the public sector, both in the U.S. and abroad. In May, IBM Corp. alone announced a deal to supply the Air Force, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with Linux systems. But now at least one group (aside from Microsoft) is raising questions about possible security risks posed by open source software.

    The Alexis de Toqueville Institution, a conservative U.S. think tank, plans to release a white paper Friday which will go so far as to suggest that terrorists may find it easier to hack U.S. networks run on open source infrastructure.

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