May 182012

With malware attacks on the increase, why not simply switch to Linux and avoid the hassle? These attacks invariably target Windows and sometimes Mac, but not Linux. Why? – because Linux is too secure for the hackers to bother with, when the world is full of easy targets (Windows computers).

OK, so somebody’s bound to tell me that Linux malware exists – and I say “show me just one of those that exists in the wild, traversing the internet and causing trouble for computer users!”

Excerpts from the Wikipedia article about Linux malware

Linux malware includes viruses, trojans, worms and other types of malware that affect the Linux operating system. Linux, Unix and other Unix-like computer operating systems are generally regarded as very well-protected, but not immune, from computer viruses.

There has not yet been a widespread Linux malware threat of the type that Microsoft Windows software faces; this is commonly attributed to the small number of users running Linux as a desktop operating system, the malware’s lack of root access and fast updates to most Linux vulnerabilities.

Viruses pose a potential, although minimal, threat to Linux systems. Few if any are in the wild, and most have been rendered obsolete by Linux updates.

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