Five years ago: McAfee finds first known Linux virus

    Date08 Feb 2002
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Called Bliss, the virus is important because it is the first to attack Linux, a freeware variant of Unix that is often used in Web site administration. UNIX flavours have always been considered difficult to infect because administration rights are required . . . Called Bliss, the virus is important because it is the first to attack Linux, a freeware variant of Unix that is often used in Web site administration. UNIX flavours have always been considered difficult to infect because administration rights are required to create the virus; McAfee believes that multi-user games played in administrator mode may have caused the problem.
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