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Open source: New target of malware?

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The recent OpenOffice worm may be a sign that malware writers are starting to target the increasingly popular open-source software, industry experts say.

First discovered last month, the OpenOffice macro-based worm is spread through a file called badbunny.odg. The worm, named SB/Badbunny-A, affects OpenOffice users on Windows, Linux and Mac platforms.

In an interview, Wilvin Chee, research director of IDC's Asia-Pacific software research group, noted that the OpenOffice worm could be an isolated incident, but it could also be a sign that malware writers are starting to capitalise on the rising popularity of open-source software.

"But we have to see how much of this malware is coming out into the open," Chee said.
Symantec said the prevalence of the Badbunny worm in the wild is "very low". The impact on businesses and consumers has so far been minimal, thanks to coding errors in the worm that limit its ability to spread, Symantec said. As of 12 June, the security vendor has not received any new reports of the threat from customers.

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