Introduction to Autorooters

Thursday, 22 August 2002, 1:03 AM EST

Efficiency and automation: one can argue that they are two of the most valuable by-products of any technology. There is little doubt that the electronic tools of today allow us to get more done in less time. We use software to eliminate tedious work, reduce man-hours, and sift through mounds of data in seconds. Crackers, as we know, are smart... and lazy. It should come as no surprise then that they too, have employed technology to reduce their workload. The result? A type of malicious code known as autorooters, programs designed to automatically scan and attack target computers at blistering speeds.

A successful autorooter will give crackers what they want: complete control of a target machine with little effort, fast. Scanning networks for vulnerable machines, gaining unauthorized administrative access, installing backdoors, all the tricks of the trade, can all be achieved at the click of a button.

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