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Hold that (trojan) horse!

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The current news making a big splash around the Linux community is of a trojan that has been created and deployed on the Gnome-look website. It was disguised as a screen saver and was simply a collection of malicious scripts packaged up in a Debian/Ubuntu package. Notice I am saying was. Within three hours a fix was developed and posted and the problem package removed from the web site.

What this shows to me is that Linux has become popular enough that script kiddies have started turning their 5k1llz to Linux. As has been predicted by microsoft zealots for ages. This trojan, primitive as it was, is just the beginning. I found out about this from Linuxtoday.com which directed me to this article. Naturally I had to put my two cents worth in Smile

For a start this trojan can not automatically install itself. It is not a virus and relies on social engineering to be effective.

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