The £10,000 Linux virus challenge

Thanks Shaun Williams for sending this in. The director of open source consultancy NetProject, Eddie Bleasdale, has reiterated his pledge to give £10,000 to the first person who can infect his Linux computer with a virus.

He made the challenge amidst increasing concerns over the security of Microsoft's webserver software, which has been hit by a series of high-profile viruses.

Bleasdale maintains he knows of no way to infect a correctly configured Linux system with a virus, and conversely believes it is impossible to make a system running Windows secure.

He has been offering the £10,000 award to virus writers for over two years - but so far no one has walked away with the money.

He said: "Microsoft's whole focus has been on functionality, but it has been at the expense of security. Microsoft Office is not designed to be secure and furthermore is it run on an insecure operating system.

"No matter what you do, you can't get around this - you just can't make Windows secure."

News source: Silicon

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