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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