750px Anonymous Flag svg Thousands download Anonymous hackers virus riddled OS

Hacktivist group Anonymous claims that an operating system erroneously linked to its members has infected thousands of computers with malware.

Hacktivist group Anonymous claims that an operating system erroneously linked to its members has infected thousands of computers with malware.

 
The 1.5GB Ubuntu-based OS, known as Anonymous OS, was circulated on software website Source Forge with the expressed aim of checking the security of webpages for “education purposes.” It was allegedly created by members of the loosely-organised Anonymous group, but more official channels for the group have denied involvement.
 
Unfortunately for over 26,000 people that distancing has come too late, as they already installed the software and are now potentially at risk of hidden malware.
 
750px Anonymous Flag svg Thousands download Anonymous hackers virus riddled OS
 
The people behind the software claim it is not infected with viruses, but they also claim that there is no such thing as a virus in the world of open source software, a rather questionable statement that suggests their denial might be a matter of pedantry.
 
Security firms are testing the software to see if it poses any risk. It is probably wise not to use it (or to uninstall it) until its safety has been verified by an independent source. Source Forge has removed the software for now until it is certain it is not a security risk.
 
Source: BBC