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The growing menace of 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?
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Researcher develops rootkit for Cisco routers

The apparent development of a malicious rootkit for Cisco System's routers, which control much of the traffic on the internet, is a wake-up call to network administrators to ensure their Cisco devices are properly secured and configured.
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The Month: Rootkit use growing

Rootkit use is growing exponentially, as is its sophistication, according to a new report that makes worrying reading for Windows users. The malware family has grown from 27 components to 2,400 in the past five years, according to McAfee. "The legitimising effect of commercial software that employs stealth technologies to cloak its files and processes only reinforces the reality that these technologies are here to stay," said the company in McAfee's Rootkits Part 2: A Technical Primer.
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Threat of the month: DRM Rootkits

What is it? DRM stands for Digital Rights Management, describing any number of methods that content providers enlist to try to exercise control over what you can do with a digital document. Recently Sony BMG released a CD protected by a "rootkit," a tool often used by hackers/malware authors to hide their tracks on a system.
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Microsoft acquires anti-rootkit company

Microsoft has shored up its enterprise security portfolio -- and gained a toehold in the government marketplace -- with the acquisition of Komoku, a government-funded startup with products that snoop out rootkits.
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McAfee: Massive increase in rootkit use

The number of malicious programs employing stealth technology to make them virtually undetectable by PCs is rapidly increasing, giving rise to more sophisticated Windows-based attacks, according to new research conducted by McAfee AVERT Labs.
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