Tue Jun 8 10:15:20 GMT 2004 Linux/Unix Viri
Some very interesting comments here. The main point is that Sophos is having trouble building Linux anti-virus tools, but that the reasons for their difficulties (lack of standardization) also make it difficult to write viri, so it's kind of a wash for any users who may be worried about such things.
That's interesting, but I was more interested in his comment about "non-Microsoft desktop software" use in Japan:
"It's one of those things that will hit us like a Tsunami where nothing seemingly happens for a long time and suddenly the whole thing gains momentum -- before you know quite a few people will be doing it. If I was Microsoft, I would certainly be worried about that particular aspect of it".
That Sophos is writing anti-virus software is also very interesting. There aren't many Unix/Linux viruses to worry about, and the exposed user base, while certainly growing, isn't much right now either. Unless the base grows tremendously, it wouldn't make sense for Sophos to waste much effort at all, never mind tackling something that is apparently so difficult.
So the big wave must be coming?
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