Where are Rootkits Coming From?

Rootkits – They are very evil! The Wikipedia definition for “rootkit” is: “A rootkit is a set of software tools frequently used by a third party (usually an intruder) after gaining access to a computer system. These tools are intended to conceal running processes, files or system data, which helps an intruder maintain access to a system without the user’s knowledge. Rootkits are known to exist for a variety of operating systems such as Linux, Solaris and versions of Microsoft Windows. A computer with a rootkit on it is called a rooted computer.”

It seems that the majority of rootkit “infections” these days are coming from Ad-ware and Spyware!

Where Do Rootkits Come From?

This makes it all the more important to STOP ad-ware and spyware BEFORE they install themselves! See my earlier Blog entry on this week’s “Geek Software of the Week”… using ClamWin and WinPooch! You must stop the ad-ware/spyware evil! Don’t get “rooted!”

2 comments

  • Like to point out that the “majority” as it was pointing out is actually defaulting to Windows systems only.

    Your typical rootkits such as Heroin LKM, HjC kit, Li0n, T0rn and others are typically your linux/unix boxes.

    Of course, these are a lot more 1337 people than your typical Windows rootkits.

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