The trouble with rootkits


Rootkits are a fast emerging security threat which can hide malware from conventional security tools. So how do they do this, and what can you do about them?

Powerful Windows rootkits are a potential problem for PC users in the future. Rootkits can hide files, processes and services belonging to malicious files such as backdoors and keyloggers which can later be used to gain access to everything on the system. Typically, rootkits penetrate personal computers and servers via viruses or vulnerabilities. After the rootkit is installed, conventional security products including anti-virus and spyware programs are unable to detect them or the files they are hiding. Virus Bulletin

Linked by shanmuga Monday, 13th February 2006 5:15AM