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  • London Stock Exchange got hacked as soon as it switched to Linux

    Happened a few days ago. The London Stock Exchange seems to have been hacked when it switched to Linux:

    http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/...-linux-switch/

    Now is this good publicity or not Also noteworthy is the absence of coverage on LWN.net and the like

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    Kaspersky & Co hate it when their bodyguards services are unneeded. =)

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    • #3
      it seems it was during the switch.

      btw. lamersky tried to convince Linux users we need their products.

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      • #4
        Now is this good publicity or not
        I don't know, but it's bad journalism. Who has alleged that there's been an attack? What evidence is there that the described failure was actually due to an attack and wasn't caused by an internal IT problem? ComputerWorld declines to tell us.

        Also noteworthy is the absence of coverage on LWN.net and the like
        Maybe because LWN and the like don't issue articles full of breathless speculation based solely on anonymous sources with no evidence?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RealNC View Post
          Happened a few days ago. The London Stock Exchange seems to have been hacked when it switched to Linux:

          http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/...-linux-switch/

          Now is this good publicity or not Also noteworthy is the absence of coverage on LWN.net and the like
          Linux isn't as secure as many would like to pretend it is, once there is some serious money to be made by hacking a linux system, it will be hacked.

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          • #6
            http://www.esecurityplanet.com/trend...an-Windows.htm

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kraftman View Post
              btw. lamersky tried to convince Linux users we need their products.
              Yeah, I mean it, they now try to convince LSE need their products hehe.

              Originally posted by Thatguy View Post
              Linux isn't as secure as many would like to pretend it is, once there is some serious money to be made by hacking a linux system, it will be hacked.
              It will be hardware/blob/microcode that is hacked, not linux itself then.

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              • #8
                Yeah, BS from 2003. Can Microsoft:
                - disable module/driver loading completely
                - strip every single unneeded exe/dll/bin from system
                - completely disable direct access to memory
                - disable execution on selected paritions/folders
                - provide sources for immediate inplace security response

                The only still possible way to hijack linux is using zeroday exploits and even that taken youll have to somehow upload your tools there and somehow assemble them.

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                • #9
                  Server daemons and web apps are what are usually hacked, anyway. Your kernel and firewall could be 100% exploit-free, but then some piece of junk PHP module could allow a SQL injection attack.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
                    piece of junk PHP module
                    Exactly. Why put in on server?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by crazycheese View Post
                      Yeah, BS from 2003. Can Microsoft:
                      - disable module/driver loading completely
                      - strip every single unneeded exe/dll/bin from system
                      - completely disable direct access to memory
                      - disable execution on selected paritions/folders
                      - provide sources for immediate inplace security response

                      The only still possible way to hijack linux is using zeroday exploits and even that taken youll have to somehow upload your tools there and somehow assemble them.

                      they don't have to hack the kernel. the point is, everything is vulnerable if its on a network period.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                        Happened a few days ago. The London Stock Exchange seems to have been hacked when it switched to Linux:

                        http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/...-linux-switch/

                        Now is this good publicity or not Also noteworthy is the absence of coverage on LWN.net and the like
                        If you read the end of the "article", you learn that the current system is a Microsoft .Net architecture. So, all of this is probably just FUD...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Thatguy View Post
                          they don't have to hack the kernel.
                          I was refering to rootkits, the rest of ponging software is to be supervised anyway.

                          Originally posted by Thatguy View Post
                          the point is, everything is vulnerable if its on a network period.
                          Yep, Linux needs an AV asap.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gbeauche View Post
                            If you read the end of the "article", you learn that the current system is a Microsoft .Net architecture. So, all of this is probably just FUD...
                            Nay it was. Big, insecure, unstable and slow. Slow for stock market is very bad.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Thatguy View Post
                              Linux isn't as secure as many would like to pretend it is, once there is some serious money to be made by hacking a linux system, it will be hacked.
                              Also Linux is a thousand times more secure than Windows... just saying. A lot has to do with the paradigm, the way it operates. Windows need for backwards compatibility in everything is probably it's biggest weakness and the source of easy attack.

                              So, while we can say "Linux isn't as secure..."... the truth is, that a properly designed Linux based system is MUCH more secure than Windows.

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