Linux Malware Doubled In '05; Macs May Be Next

Although the number of malicious threats against the open-source Linux operating system doubled in 2005 over the previous year, a security company said Friday, it's users of Apple Computer's Mac OS X who should be afraid of the future.

Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs on Friday released the results of analyses of its malware database, and said that in 2005, it spotted 863 pieces of malware targeting Linux, more than twice 2004's final count of 422.

"This is not at all surprising as Linux is the most popular Unix-type system," noted Konstantin Sapronov, the author of the report and a virus analyst at Kaspersky. InformationWeek | Security | Linux Malware Doubled In '05; Macs May Be Next | April 21, 2006

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