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Hackers hit Unix servers to send 35 million spam messages a day

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Hackers hit Unix servers to send 35 million spam messages a day

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2334789/hackers-hit-unix-servers-to-send-35-million-spam-messages-a-d...
Perhaps they should start using a secure system like Windows server!
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VileReynard
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Re: Hackers hit Unix servers to send 35 million spam messages a day

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Re: Hackers hit Unix servers to send 35 million spam messages a day

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No vulnerabilities were exploited on the Linux servers; only stolen credentials were leveraged.
We conclude that password-authentication on servers should be a thing of the past

I got the impression that the only way the malware was installed was by obtaining passwords.
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Re: Hackers hit Unix servers to send 35 million spam messages a day

Well, That makes the Windows bashers into scaremongerers then.... trying to convince Microsoft users that Linux is "safe"...    not so safe as made out to be...
dragon2611
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Re: Hackers hit Unix servers to send 35 million spam messages a day

Windows server is equally hackable if not configured properly.
Could say exactly the same for OSX, FreeBSD and most other Operating systems.
Linux like any other operating system contains Bugs and sometimes these can be exploited, Providing things are patched in a timely fashion and good security practice is adhered to there would be a vast reduction in the amount of these "Hacks" that are successful.
Sticking a box online that hasn't seen a secuirty patch for 2 years and leaving the password as "password" or something equally guessable is just asking for it...
That said the bigger problem with linux is when it's used in embedded devices and then the manufacturer can't ever be bothered to update their firmware such is the problem with quite a few SoHO routers.
Or devices where they weren't designed with security in mind like SmartTV's.etc and again the manufacturer doesn't bother to fix the vulnerabilities and because it's been messed around with and is generally had proprietary binary Blobs you're stuffed.
VileReynard
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Re: Hackers hit Unix servers to send 35 million spam messages a day

Or just never changing your password for years and years is a security hole.

dragon2611
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Re: Hackers hit Unix servers to send 35 million spam messages a day

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Or just never changing your password for years and years is a security hole.

Only if it gets compromised,
I could argue that changing your password frequently is equally a security hole as you are then likely not to remember it and then need to write it down...  Wink
Firewalling management interfaces as much as possible alongside secure passwords helps but in most cases if the attacker is good enough and wants to get in they'll probably find a way.
VileReynard
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Re: Hackers hit Unix servers to send 35 million spam messages a day

If your server passphrase is short enough for you to easily remember, you are asking for trouble.

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Re: Hackers hit Unix servers to send 35 million spam messages a day

Quote from: vilefoxdemonofdoom
If your server passphrase is short enough for you to easily remember, you are asking for trouble.

That depends on how often you have to enter it and how good your memory is  Tongue