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Joe C

Linux Trojan available

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The Hand of Thief trojan is now ready to install onto your linux boxes!!

 

There are plenty of instances out there (this is especially true of Ubuntu), where you can simply add a PPA to apt-get and install an application without benefiting from the vetting process. This means that anyone can roll up an appealing software application (complete with Hand of Thief), create a repository, and trick people into installing the trojan. The caveat is that most Linux users are far more savvy than to just install random packages.

Or are they?

 

 

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/linux-and-open-source/hand-of-thief-malware-could-be-dangerous-if-you-install-it/?ftag=TRE475558a&s_cid=e011&tag=nl.e011&ttag=e011

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Adding unknown repositories for software and or untrusted sources is always a mistake. There is never a fool proof way to keep safe no matter what OS you use, but knowing that your software repos are trusted ones is a reasonable measure to take and a step in the right direction.

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