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#1 grantfisk

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 06:51 PM

Can someone please explain "rootkits" to me? What are they and what they do?

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 09:09 PM

Rootkits, backdoor Trojans, Botnets, and IRC Bots are very dangerous because they compromise system integrity by making changes that allow it to by used by the attacker for malicious purposes. Rootkits are used by Trojans to conceal its presence (hide from view) in order to prevent detection of an attacker's software and make removal more difficult. Many rootkits can hook into the Windows 32-bit kernel, and patch several APIs to hide new registry keys and files they install. They can disable your anti-virus and security tools to prevent detection and removal. Remote attackers use backdoors as a means of accessing and taking control of a computer that bypasses security mechanisms. This type of exploit allows them to steal sensitive information like passwords, personal and financial data which is send back to the hacker. To learn more about these types of infections, you can refer to:

What danger is presented by rootkits?
Rootkits and how to combat them
r00tkit Analysis: What Is A Rootkit

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 08:43 AM

In addition to what boopme advised, there are now more sophisticated variants like the TDSS rootkit.

If you want information about this malware and it's history, please refer to:These are .pdf documents with more comprehensive information.
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