[ubuntu-uk] Phishing and linux

Martyn martyn.pattison at gmail.com
Wed Oct 3 08:41:14 BST 2007

> I'm not sure what to make of comments about phishing sites I came across
> here
> http://www.theregister.com/2007/10/03/ebay_paypal_online_banking/
> as follows:
> "These things are incredibly sophisticated, and when they take over a
> computer, most [users] don't know it," he said. "With every single
> phishing site [Washington Mutual has] shutdown, not one person was aware
> been aware that their machine was compromised and used for phishing.
> That includes university servers and company servers and personal PCs
> and all sorts of things."
> More interesting is that most of the compromised machines were not
> Windows machines. "The vast majority of [the phishing sites] we saw were
> on rootkit-ed Linux boxes, which was rather startling. We expected a
> predominance of Microsoft boxes and that wasn't the case."
> Any thoughts?

You missed the next line off your quote:

"This pleased Microsoft's head of Silicon Valley PR, who served as a
conference sponsor."


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