Anonymous Operating System of the Day

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A Linux-based operating system with built-in hacking tools is being billed as the work of Anonymous, but representatives of the hacker group say that Anonymous-OS is not their work, and could even contain malware.

The custom Linux distro, based on Ubuntu 11, comes with dozens of preinstalled hacking and security apps, as well as notorious DDoS tools like slowloris and HOIC (High Orbit Ion Cannon).

According to the @AnonOps Twitter account, though, the OS -- which has now been downloaded over 20,000 times -- is "fake" and "wrapped in Trojans."

Its creator has denied those accusions, arguing that "in our world, in Linux and opensource world, there is not virus."

That's not exactly true, though. In fact, Anonymous' own slowloris DDoS tool was recently hit by the Zeus trojan.

For now, it looks like aspiring hackers would better off not downloading Anonymous-OS, and getting the security apps they need from a trusted source instead.


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