Kaspersky Lab announces the release of the article "Malware beyond Vista and XP" which provides an overview of malware which targets systems other than Windows. It also examines what steps can be taken to protect non-Windows systems or heterogeneous networks. The full version of the article is available at www.viruslist.com while a summary can be found at www.kaspersky.com.
Magnus Kalkuhl, a senior malware analyst, and Marco Preuss, a virus analyst, from Kaspersky Lab’s European research center, analyse the recent trends in the development of non-Windows malware and discuss the peculiarities of protecting various types of data and traffic from those threats.
The Kaspersky Lab specialists stress that using non-mainstream technologies can offer certain security advantages, but this is by no means guaranteed. The vast majority of today’s malicious software is designed to target Windows systems. However, other operating systems are also prone to attack. Moreover, malicious code that spreads throughout the Internet (e.g., scripts hidden on web pages) can affect a computer regardless of the operating system.
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