Attracting attackers: Windows vs. Unix

Monday, 23 August 2004, 3:31 PM EST

Lots of people believe that the reason there are more attacks on Windows machines than on Unix machines is simply that Windows dominates desktop markets. According to their logic, 90 plus percent of the desktops should lead to 90 plus percent of the attacks. The question is whether they are right.

Look just at the number of victims and they're more than right.

Microsoft according to Netcraft's surveys, only has about one third of the Web servers on the internet, but it also has about all of the servers known to have been compromised through external attack.

The same Microsoft over-representation takes place on the desktop with Microsoft users accounting for almost all of the virus and worm victims known.

By Paul Murphy at Linux Insider.

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