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Old 02-03-2012, 03:15 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by rich_c View Post
Pwning a server (Especially a Linux server!) is worth more than a botnet of Winblows PCs for a few reasons.
- Bragging rights
- Servers are generally more powerful in terms of onboard grunt and available bandwidth than PCs so your bad guy's emails about little blue pills get sent that much quicker and in greater volume.
- Your bad guy potentially has access to a lot more personal details/bank accounts etc. than from an individula's PC.

I still think a Linux box is a more attractive target but it's also that much harder to target. Granted in some part because it will have (usually) a skilled admin.
So, a server might get hacked - each machine is a separate challenge. Exploiting vulnerabilities of popular system can be highly automated (multiple machines with identical software packages)... It all comes down to "time is money" rule

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Old 02-05-2012, 02:09 PM   #17
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Usually servers get hacked by remote logging into the machine itself, don't they?

Wouldn't a firewall protect a server, perhaps even one running Open BSD as a hardware firewall or a Sonic Wall?

I guess anyone could do anything, but M$ is so much less secure and so much more popular that a firewall and common sense should be enough to protect the typical mid to low risk Linux user for quite some time to come.

My greatest fear is my laptop physically getting stolen. I would like to have the whole drive partition encrypted instead of just the /home directory, but that it one of the tradeoffs between Mint and Fedora.
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Originally Posted by kabamaru View Post
I might be wrong, but this looks like another spam account?
It does. Especially since the username is an obvious and obviously deliberate misspelling. Move the last s before the second t and you'll see it.

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