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Android does dispel some myths about Linux not getting viruses, there are plenty of instances of exploits out there.
And Android, which is NOT always infected by users installing junk apps. Some apps appear to be doing a useful job but have hidden expolit functions. The fault, of course, lies with the appstore having such lax rules. I wonder who administers it? :)
As to "linux does not get viruses" - that is not stricly true.There has been no successful exploit of Linux since 2002 so, no, Linux does not get viruses. And, even then, that virus was squashed the same day.
Viruses are targetted at linux, though less often, and can be installed on the machine by an inattentive or dumb "user".Which is the biggest difference with Windows where such things get installed by smart users. It's that inability to be installed on their own that is Linux/Unix/BSD's biggest protection.
As well as this, there was a bulletin today concerning linux web servers which are vulnerable because they haven't upgraded PHP (for example).Please don't blame Linux servers for PHP and the admin's fault. Linux had nothing to do with that problem.
Some (probably not all) has been designed and installed by NSA aided no doubt by GCHQ.Let's also not get into the latest fad "threat".
The same could be said about most environments, in many cases users open an email attachment or knowingly install software that has a hidden payload.