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Report: Non-Windows attacks on the rise

Attacks against platforms other than Windows, particularly Linux, are growing quickly, according to a Kaspersky Lab report released today. The number of malware affecting Linux during 2004 and 2005 jumped from 422 to 863, said the report, written by Konstantin Sapronov on the Viruslist.com website. Other Unix-based systems also are experiencing similar rises in attacks, although not to the level of Linux. Sapronov said this is not surprising news, especially as alternate platforms become more popular. "Slowly but surely Linux is being chosen over Windows not only for servers, but also for desktops," he said. "Mac OS X's (stock) may also rise. Since Apple has switched to Intel processors, Macintosh is rapidly gaining popularity."

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