Microsoft on 'rootkits': be afraid, be very afraid.

Thursday, 17 February 2005, 3:19 PM EST

Microsoft security researchers are warning about a new generation of powerful system monitoring programs, or "rootkits," that are almost impossible to detect using current security products and that could pose a serious risk to corporations and individuals.

The researchers discussed the growing threat posed by kernel root kits at a session at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. The malicious snooping programs are becoming more common and could soon be used to create a new generation of mass-distributed spyware and worms.

By Paul Roberts at InfoWorld.

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