Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Paper (from Tech Repubic) surveys malware and rootkits

On Wednesday July 22 Tech Republic offered a download link for a white paper “The Ten Faces of Computer Malware”. I know, Tech Republic likes these variations on the 2001 movie “13 Conversations about One Thing.” The link takes you to a download available to free registrants, and a number of the “faces” are about rootkits, which can operate at the user, kernel or firmware level – the last being essentially impossible to move. The paper makes the astonishing statement that all anti-malware applications (including professional anti-virus programs) are destined to fail or be defeated eventually, and all computer users (that means almost everybody) needs to take more ownership of the risks that others can put them in (sounds like a contradiction).

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