[ISN] Mi2g defends its Linux claims
isn at c4i.org
Wed Nov 17 03:45:54 EST 2004
By Nick Farrell
15 November 2004
UK SECURITY outfit Mi2g has gone on the defensive after its report
which claimed that Linux was the most manually breached operating
system for computers has been panned by open sourcers worldwide.
Open sourcers from as far away as the Antipodes waded into the company
after it claimed that 65 per cent of the security breaches occurred on
permanently connected Linux systems and 25 percent on Windows systems.
They hissed and snarled and accused Mi2G of being in league with the
devil, well at least his Volish servants.
Aussie Cybersource company CEO Con Zymaris said the report lacked any
raw data, references to sources and had a broken methodology.
He told the INQ: "In pulling apart the limited amount of information
that is given by Mi2g it seems that the company did not include
automated penetration attacks in its study." Mi2g also failed to
factor in viruses and malware, something that open source expert Bruce
Perens told Linux Pipeline, here that it was "pretty ludicrous" when
even its own study said that the financial impact of viruses on
Windows is tremendously greater than the penetration on Linux.
However, on the company website here, an Mi2G spokesperson defended
the report insisting that manual hacker breaches were more common in
He said that good administration is central to working with Linux and
these were lacking in the global market.
"Manual breaches can be much more complex and sophisticated than
automated ones proliferated through malware."
The company is mightily miffed at what it calls clandestinely attacks
funded, aided or abetted by vendors or special interest groups.
Previously the company stirred up a hornets' net when it came out in
favour of Apple and BSD, because the entrenched supporters of Linux
and Windows felt that mi2g was guilty of 'computing blasphemy'.
Mi2G also felt the need today to remind people that it is a Linux
supporter. The mi2g Security Intelligence Products and Systems (SIPS)
Engine runs on Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (LAMP) architecture. For
the record, the company also has no business relationship with
Microsoft or Apple either.
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