The revelation that the open-source Unreal IRC server download has been
infected with malware for some eight months is pretty worrying. But the added
discovery that this Trojan horse made its way into the Gentoo distro is real
reason for the Linux community to re-examine how trusted repositories are
handled.

It’s true that compared to Windows, Linux is pretty safe bet if you want to
remain protected from hackers. After all, the 1% or so usage share that the OS
enjoys (combined with the fact that many of its users are pretty switched on)
just doesn’t make it a worthwhile target to go after.

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