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rootkits: the new rick roll?


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#1 needs2listen

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 01:21 PM

Twice in March I had multiple rootkit infections. The first came packaged with YourPCProtector via a mallicious java pop up on Wikia. The second was updating RealPlayer where a kit was attached to a tool bar with no opt out or warning. I've also read topics here where they are getting in through youtube so it's getting out of control.

If money is exchanged how can there be no legal liability in most of these situations? It is destruction of property at the very least when it causes bad sectors. The debate is whether google is bad for exploiting peoples ignorance (open routers) or how awesome Sony is for prosecuting kid "hackers" that get mad about their videogames. Why is there no accountability here yet our internet histories can outlive us when its in law enforcements favor? Wikia is an example of a high traffic site with no attempt to filter malicious ads blaming lax advertisers. They infect hundreds of people with these irresponsible "sorry don't blame us, trying to survive" tactics and they are just one in a million. It was ok back when it was a simple trojan we could all google and fix but those days are gone it seems.

Where do you see the curve in this trend or what do you think will/could be done to stop it (besides doing away with Windows)? I played around with the virtual hdd's in Win7 and sandboxing would be my first choice if you didn't need multiple copies/licenses. Just staying up to date isn't enough anymore you need to be prepared for complete restore every day.

Edited by needs2listen, 19 May 2010 - 01:48 PM.


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