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Source: Matthew Broersma - Posted by Joe Shakespeare   
Security Attackers are no longer bothering to attack average Linux systems, because there's so much more money to be made from invading Windows, according to security researchers.

The Honeynet Project, which sets up ordinary seeming Linux networks in order to observe attack activity, found that the life expectancy of such systems has dramatically increased from a year or two ago. Its 2004 findings, published recently, found an unpatched Linux system lasts, on average, three months before it is compromised, compared to about 72 hours for 2001-2002. Some of the project's systems were exposed to the Internet for nine months without a successful attack.

The project's "honeynets" - networks of two or more "honeypots" - are designed to detect random attacks on the Internet, carried out on targets detected through random searching, scanning and hacking systems such as worms and autorooters, rather than particular attacks focussed on specific, high-value targets. A honeypot is a system set up for the purpose of attracting random attack activity.

Since overall Internet attacks don't seem to be going down, the project's researchers theorised that the focus of hacking activity has shifted to Windows systems, simply because the platform is so widespread that it presents an irresistible target. "It's now easier to hack the end user than hacking the bank," Honeynet Project president Lance Spitzner told Techworld. "Banks are well protected, end users are not. Hack enough end users, and you can make as much, if not more, than hacking the bank."

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