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Botnets and news reporting
FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008
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Another flurry of news reports about botnets on the Internet. "Top Botnets Control Some 1 Million Hijacked Computers" - it's always "machines" and "computers" - no, these are WINDOWS COMPUTERS! WINDOWS! The gutless cowards writing these stories refuse to say that the botnets are all running WINDOWS. There are no botnets for Linux or the Mac. There may be the occasional insecure piece of software, and there may be social engineering attacks, but almost all of the botnets are compromised Windows machines. If connecting a Windows machine to the Internet was illegal, spam would largely go away because the mechanism by which it is sent would be gone. Windows is never called to account, although its basically insecure design is the reason for most of the spam. Linux and the Mac are architected in a fundamentally different way and are always going to be more secure.

Linux is simply secure: I had a Red Hat 9 machine working as my firewall for 5+ years without even updating it and it was never compromised. I have just replaced it with a Fedora 8 machine.

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