Microsoft Exec Warns of Rootkits
Microsoft dedicates four staffers to analyze rootkit samples found in customer computers or on the Internet. In his presentation, Danseglio offered a list of the most wanted rootkits, adding that 90 percent of what Microsoft finds relates to Hacker Defender, a rootkit from the Czech Republic based programmer who calls himself Holy Father. The programmer charges several hundred dollars to make Gold versions of his basic rootkit.
Writing rootkits isn't a crime, but using them to hide code in a computer that's been hacked by other means is, Danseglio said. Holy Father last month indicated he's retiring from his Web site business, leading some to speculate that he's been hired for some purpose somewhere. Microsoft Exec Warns of Rootkits - NewsFactor Network
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