Join Date: Apr 2006
Thanked 173 Times in 170 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Every time I've checked, CERT and SANS and all the other top-level names say that UNIX systems are attacked on an equal basis with Windows. "However, linux does get less " You may get less of one thing or another, but every time you conect to the internet, there are folks scanning the DSL IP pools, the cable IP pools, and even the dial-up IP address pools, looking for machine to hack into. Wrong OS for that hacker? No problem, they'll sell you IP address to someone who can use it and work with your OS. This is big business, probably on a par with sex slavery and drugs. The script kiddie next door is the least of the problems.
Of course a lot of the problems can be stopped if the neophyte in front of the computer just read up and engaged security options. That means no Adobe Flash Player (a security risk conveniently packaged with entertainment options), no active script technologies, and a whole batch of "NO!" options engaged in most browers. And nuisances like UAE enabled in Vista and Win7 systems.
Or there's the easier solution: Get hacked, run a zombie, and get shut down by your ISP. Some folks are screaming bloody murder about that--but I'd just as soon see those folks simply banned from the internet for a year or two. That might get their attention and stop their "reckless driving" habits.