Linux Malware vs Phishing Schemes: Page 2

Are Linux users more threatened by malware or phishing schemes? The difference isn’t even close.
Posted December 15, 2014

Matt Hartley

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Therefore, while malware scares such as Turla might indeed be frightening to think about, one must remember you’re not likely the target of such an attack. In short, this worm simply isn’t targeting end users -- you don’t have data that the creators of this worm are looking for. Sorry to disappoint you, but unless you work for the government or a pharmaceutical company, this isn't the worm you should be watching out for.

Realistically, the most likely malware you "could" stumble upon is from an unchecked, hacked user-specific software repository or a software package designed to run code to screw up your Linux install. However, neither of these things are common or very likely to happen.

The real threat is us

Like I mentioned previously, the most likely attack vector is going to be a combination of human distraction and a phishing scheme. After all, it requires far less coding skill to craft a clever looking webpage to mirror a legitimate one, versus constructing a highly advanced piece of malware.

Still think I’m wrong and you’re too smart to fall for a phishing scheme because Linux users are so tech savvy? How about this: Right now, there is a report going around on Google+ that Google is offering users a free gift credit for using Google Wallet. It’s a legit campaign, but now let’s look at how easily this can be exploited. On G+, you can post a url to your status and remove the actual address itself. The image or title, will show instead. On a smartphone, you’re not going to think twice about clicking this address.

Oops, sorry, that link was in fact a fake. But don’t worry, while you were casually logging into your Google account on that page, your login was being recorded. It happens and it happens all too easily. The same can happen just as easily on the Linux desktop.

Malware a threat on the Linux desktop? Perhaps someday, as malware for Linux technically exists. But it’s going to be phishing schemes on social media that are the bane of our existence. Just watch, it’ll happen sooner than later. My advice is to think twice before clicking on a link. Just because we enjoy the greatest platform in the world doesn’t mean we can’t fall victim to our own egos.

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