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Old 10-01-2015, 12:21 PM   #1
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LXer: Why a Linux-powered botnet shouldn't send you scurrying back to Windows

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The discovery of a sizeable Linux botnet may be worrying some new converts to the open-source OS.

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Linux won the day as the more secure alternative to Windows, but now its popularity has made it vulnerable, according to Akamai.
XOR.DDoS was discovered almost exactly one year ago by researchers at the MalwareMustDie! group, which found it attempts to brute force SSH login credentials for the root user of a Linux system. In other words, it doesn't take advantage of a specific vulnerability. As per security vendor, Avast, if the credentials are guessed correctly, the attackers install Xor.DDoS via a shell script and, to prevent removal, will also attempt to install a rootkit.
Brute forcing a password is NOT the same as a vulnerability.
In other news, locks deemed insecure when intruder uses key from under doormat to gain access..


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