Cyber attackers prefer Linux: report

    Date15 Sep 2003
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3554
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    UK based mi2g has said that said during August, 67 percent of all successful overt digital attacks were against computers running Linux OS. Microsoft boxes, meanwhile, accounted for just 23.2 percent of overt attacks, the company said. In real terms, mi2g . . . UK based mi2g has said that said during August, 67 percent of all successful overt digital attacks were against computers running Linux OS. Microsoft boxes, meanwhile, accounted for just 23.2 percent of overt attacks, the company said. In real terms, mi2g said that during August it found that 12,892 Linux on-line servers running e-business and information sites were successfully breached, compared to 4,626 Windows servers. Of the major operating systems, BSD fared best, with just 360 successful breaches, or less than 2 percent of attacks.

    Mi2g, an e-security company, has been collecting data on computer attacks since 1995 and during that time its has confirmed about 280,000 attacks from 7,900 groups, which have varying levels of sophistication. Though the latest report said that Microsoft software does not seem to be the favoured target of blackhats, it's worth noting that when mi2g looked only at attacks on government computers in August, it found that Windows boxes were the target 51.4 percent of the time, compared to 14.3 percent for Linux.

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