Sharp rise in Web site defacements on Linux servers

Thursday, 18 July 2002, 3:01 AM EST

In the first half of this year it recorded 7,630 defacements of Linux-based Web sites, a figure already greater than the total of 5,736 defacements of such sites recorded for the whole of 2001, mi2g said in a statement last week.

By comparison, defacements of systems running Microsoft Corp.'s IIS (Internet Information Services) Web server software fell to 9,404 in the first half of 2002, down 20 percent from the 11,828 defacements recorded in the first half of 2001.

The company gathers reports of defacements from attackers and their victims, and verifies the details manually, it said.

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