Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Everything you wanted to know about rootkits...

... but were afraid to ask. I've just discovered Rootkit.com, as site offering information and, controversially, source code to build your own rootkit. For those who do not know, a rootkit is software that is installed in a computer without the knowledge of the user, running hidden processes that vary from technological protection measures to more malign virus-like functions. Rootkits became infamous after Sony BMG used one as a DRM function in some music CDs.

With so much readily available information, some claim that this open source take on rootkits may be detrimental to internet security. I tend to agree that offering the source code for this type of technology may not be the best idea, but I believe that those who want to create rootkits will find the code no matter what.

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