I looked up this Stopbadware.org site, that Google has partnered with
(they use their black list, apparently, to warn their users about bad
web sites). It's run by Consumer Reports. I was curious to see if
they would say that the malware problem is 99+% a Windows problem.
They did not. They did, however, say:
We know many of the most technically savvy readers of this FAQ have
probably already 'solved' the badware problem for themselves by
installing anti-spyware software, or even by switching operating
As if you would switch operating systems only as a last resort. They
also cite a technical report on malware that tries to paint a doomsday
scenario of the effects of malware. It goes like this:
Suppose that a worm is released somewhere in Russia, exploiting
security flaws in a commonly used web server and in a web browser found
on both Mac and Windows platforms. The worm quickly spreads through two
mechanisms. First, it randomly "knocks" on the doors of
Internet-connected machines, immediately infecting the vulnerable web
servers that answer. Unwitting consumers, using vulnerable web
browsers, visit the infected servers, which infect users' computers.
Commonly used web server? Not IIS, by any chance? Commonly used web
browser found on both Mac and Windows platforms? Couldn't be IE, could
it? No mention of Linux anywhere.