Its not like we didn't already know this but...

RacerX racerx at
Tue Nov 9 10:44:12 PST 2004

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According to a study the British security firm mi2g, Linux is the world's 
"most breached" OS and is exploited more frequently than Windows. The 
company recently analyzed more than 235,000 successful attacks against 
computers that were permanently connected to the Internet during the past 
year and concluded that Linux was responsible for most of the successful 

"For how long can the truth remain hidden, that the great emperors of the 
software industry are wearing no clothes fit for the fluid environment in 
which computing takes place, where new threats manifest every hour of 
every day?" DK Matai, mi2g's executive chairman, said in a statement. 
"Busy professionals ... don't have the time to cope with umpteen flavors 
of Linux or to wait for Microsoft's Longhorn when Windows XP has proved to 
be a stumbling block in some well-chronicled instances."

According to mi2g, Linux-based computers accounted for more than 65 
percent of all successful electronic attacks during the past year, whereas 
Windows-based systems were responsible for only 25 percent. Attacks 
against Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD)-based systems were successful 
less than 5 percent of the time. However, it's worth noting--although mi2g 
didn't--that BSD-based machines make up a small percentage of the 
installed base of permanently connected machines. In all probability, 
those machines weren't attacked simply because there was little incentive 
to do so, not because of any inherent superiority over Linux- or 
Windows-based systems.

The mi2g study also analyzed the impact of malware during the same time 
period and found that most malware attacks--about 60 percent--successfully 
targeted small businesses, whereas about 33 percent successfully targeted 
home users. Only 6 percent of malware attacks successfully targeted 
midsized businesses, whereas 2.5 percent successfully targeted 
enterprises, government agencies, and similar firms. According to the 
company, 459 successful malware attacks occurred during the past year, 
most of which targeted Windows-based systems. Malware rarely targeted 
BSD-based and Linux systems.

These electronic attacks are taking an economic toll. The firm says that 
electronic attacks such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks 
caused as much as $123 billion in damages during the past year. Malware 
attacks were responsible for $202 billion in damages during the same time 

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