Script kiddies cooking up fresh threats
AMATEUR hackers, often young people referred to commonely as script kiddies, have taken to using stealthy programs called rootkits.
With the internet distributing threats before software makers create antidotes, a successful attack using rootkits may only be a matter of time. Unlike viruses, rootkits are not designed to damage systems, but give their users untraceable control of the compromised computer.
The rootkits are secretly placed on target machines using known vulnerabilities to provide root, or administrator, file access.
Gartner information security and risk practice research director Amrit Williams says most companies don't have the technical resources to detect rootkits. Some rootkits can cloak themselves to fool virus checkers. Australian IT - Script kiddies cooking up fresh threats (Eric Wilson, FEBRUARY 28, 2006)
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