Why are Viruses Written for Windows and Not Linux

In the article Nine Famous Hacks, the author listed Linux and Perl as one of the hacks. In this article Keeping Yourself Safe, the same author lists Linux as a way to avoid hacks. Jeeze.

He even claims that the reason Linux is not hacked is because it's not very popular. The truth of the matter is that Linux is hacked regularly, at least when running server applications. If a user runs any system online without installing patches, they will get hacked. It doesn't matter if the system is Windows, Linux, MacOS, Irix, Solaris, or FreeBSD, the system will be hacked.

If Mr. Fitzgerald had said that Linux isn't attacked with Viruses due to its lack of popularity, I would have to agree in part.

But there is more to it. Linux, and all the other UNIX-like systems employ a privilege system that makes it extremely difficult to exploit with viruses. Where almost any user on a Windows box can erase, change, or install software applications, writing viruses is relatively easy. On *nux, however, users typically don't have access to these files. This lack of access makes it very difficult for viruses to install themselves locally or even spread to other users on the same system.

If it is true that "the best mechanic in town always drives the worst car,"
I win!

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