As with all threats to Linux and Apple base system this threat does require the user to authorise its installation...unlike in older Windows systems.
The real problem here is that some wise guy managed to hide a bit of malware in a screensaver supposedly designed for Ubuntu and posted it on a respected Ubuntu Linux site, alhtough not one officially recognised by Ubuntu.
The moral of the story is that whether you operate Windoze, Apple or Linux, try to make sure what one is downloading and try to download it from an official site.
For example, for a basic Windoze system these day, I only install updates from microsoft.com, adobe flash and reader from adobe.com, anti-virus from a reputable anti-virus company, and if a office package is required, Openoffice from openoffice.org.
I refuse to install anything from sites that are not reputable and authorised.
If you are not sure about any bit of software you are about to download ask in a tech forum first.
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