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  • Unix: Rooting out the kits

    Posted March 17, 2013 - 8:06 pm

    Finding a computer infection that is, above all else, designed to remain hidden is not easy work, but neither is it impossible. With some good insights and tools, you might just get a leg up on how the multi-billion dollar spyware industry is attacking your systems.
  • Unix: Rootkit detection and prevention

    Posted March 10, 2013 - 3:47 pm

    You could have a rootkit infection right now and be totally unaware. One of the key goals of a rootkit is, after all, to go undetected. If the rootkit is hiding files, processes, logins, etc., how would you know? If you can't see it, how would you remove it?
  • Unix: Rootkits -- Still scary after all these years

    Posted March 3, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    If you haven't worried about rootkits in a while, what are you waiting for? Rootkits remain one of the stealthiest and most worrisome forms of malware compromising systems today.
  • Detect and remove rootkits with GMER

    Posted January 7, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    Rootkits are particularly insidious and hard to eradicate. A tool like GMER is often a better way to handle a suspected rootkit infection.
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    Kaspersky's free TDSSKiller digs up rootkits

    Posted February 20, 2012 - 8:26 am

    Recently I spent some time rescuing my sister-in-law's laptop from some seriously nasty malware. Even after running utilities like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, then using UnHide to restore the system's missing icons and folders, something was hijacking the Web browsers. Whenever I'd click a link in Internet Explorer or Firefox (the latest versions of both, FYI), some malicious bit of code would redirect the browser to a phishing site. That's hijacking in a nutshell, and it's extremely frustrating.
  • Your cell phone is spying on you; make it stop

    Posted December 1, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    Carriers have installed tracking software from a company called CarrierIQ to track customer actions, locations and other data, secretly. Read further to find tools to find the tracker and delete it. Don't make invasion of your privacy any easier than it has to be.
  • Android malware growing at rate of 1,320 percent per year

    Posted November 16, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    Android is, by far, the fastest-selling cell phone OS, which could have known by the speed with which people are creating malware to attack it.
  • Malware becomes the measure of success in smartphone market

    Posted August 23, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    It's hard to choose among the sometimes-contradictory market-share numbers in the competition for smartphone dominance. McAfee's quarterly malware report gives a good indication of changes the future of the market by tracking the parasite's point of view.
  • Source code for the hottest malware of the year released into the wild

    Posted August 16, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    Source code and instructions for using the rootkit competing with Zeus for the title of most effective bank-targeting malware has been released by a hacker group; analysts expect to learn a lot that will help stop SpyEye, but also expect to be overwhelmed by script kid attacks.
  • Positive trend in malware: rootkit developers killing each other's code

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 5:41 pm

    TDL built botnet armies. Its builder sold source code for more money for more armies. Someone who bought it built in a TDL killer. Now they both sound like the plot to a silly summer movie.
  • Is that a rootkit on your PlayStation 3?

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    Oh dear, did Sony quietly slip a rootkit onto the PS3 with the recent 3.56 system update? Did the company apply a suite of software tools designed to conceal (their) surreptitious file manipulation? To hide realtime processes executed without your knowledge or consent? Is your PS3 compromised?
  • 25 years after the first PC virus, a new worry: Attack toolkits

    Posted January 18, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    25 years ago, two brothers from Pakistan released the Brain Virus. Today, hackers can buy ready-made toolkits to launch malware attacks - and this trend should concern you.
  • Sony BMG rookit scandal: 5 years later

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 9:29 pm

    The revelation 5 years ago that Sony BMG was planting a secret rootkit onto its music customers' Windows PCs in the name of anti-piracy is seen now as one of the all-time significant events in IT security history.
  • Rootkits: Hiding in Windows shadows

    Posted June 11, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    Most malware are like leeches on your computer's software. But, a rootkit can turn your computer's very operating system against you.
  • Microsoft says rootkit caused Windows blue screens

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 10:00 am

    Microsoft confirmed that a rootkit caused Windows PCs to crash after users applied a security patch issued last week.
  • Stealthy rootkit slides further under the radar

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Thousands of Web sites have been rigged to deliver a powerful piece of malicious software that many security products may be unprepared to handle.
  • A sneaky security problem, ignored by the bad guys

    Posted November 15, 2008 - 4:11 pm

    Frank Boldewin had seen a lot of malicious software in his time, but never anything like Rustock.C.

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