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News 64-bit rootkit spreading

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by julieb, 31 Aug 2010.

  1. julieb

    julieb New Member

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  2. fingerbob69

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    Thanks for the warning ...but how do I best protect myself?
     
  3. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Well, I moved to Linux - but I appreciate that's not always an option. ;)

    Best things to do:
    1) Don't download dodgy copies of software.
    B) Keep your system up-to-date
    iii) Run a decent anti-virus and anti-spyware scanner
    IV) Refrain from clicking links that you know you shouldn't

    They don't offer complete protection, but that should see you a lot safer than most.
     
  4. leveller

    leveller Yeti Sports 2 - 2011 Champion!

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    Gareth, do all current antiV pick up root kits? Going back a couple of years there was only a downloadable detector from MS's website.
     
  5. Neoki

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    Leveller,

    All decent AV/IS products will contain Anti-Rootkit modules.
     
  6. Joey9801

    Joey9801 Eric the Half a Bee

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    Hurrah for opensuse :)
     
  7. Unknownsock

    Unknownsock New Member

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    The question being is, why do people write stuff like this?

    No seriously, I'd love to meet the guy who killed my computer a while back..
     
  8. mrbens

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    What's with all the hyphens (-) all over this news article?!

    Hyphens are to join two words, commas are to break up sentences. :)
     
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    More bad news. I've had to wear out some ears and rear parts about viruses and the like to friends who just won't, or perhaps can't understand. Or, more often don't care that they spread this crap around like a friggin plague! A lot of my Mac friends don't get it either. "Hello, sure your machine is fine but your a CARRIER! What's that... Windows won't work anymore and you don't know what to do? I can't imagine WHY!" I wonder if this will take down a Mac running Boot Camp or the like? So, any idea where they found this wild thing roaming about and why the great protectors (Antivirus devs) haven't raised the red flags yet? SShh! Not so loud :(
     
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    They're dashes. Dashes are used like commas but often to form a differential clause opposite in context or character to the first. In this case though, commas would be more appropriate :)
     
  11. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    I know, I know, I should be using an Em-dash for asides - but the last time I tried that, it broke non-UTF-8 browsers. :p
     
  12. bogie170

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    So whats the best Alureon Rootkit finder to see if you have been infected?
     
  13. greigaitken

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    Microsoft totally missing a great cash cow here. New OS overy six months so once malware developed for it - just buy the new OS. They wont even have to worry about making pointless incapable secuirity anymore
     
  14. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    will you buy a new os every 6 months i dont think so
     
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    That's a great idea! I mean, what with the having to rewrite the entirety of Windows every six months, I think you're on to something here!

    Seriously though, security is a journey, not a destination, and if Microsoft's 64bit security principles have been useful in preventing rootkits since Vista (beta builds of Vista were available 4 years ago) that's a massive success in my book. Think of all the computers that haven't been rootkitted due to running 64bit Windows.
     
  16. veato

    veato I should be working

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    Got it yesterday. Along with the other crap it brought down too! The other stuff went easily but this nasty bugger hung around. Even when every piece of AV I had couldnt find it anymore I was still getting stuff like URL redirtections. Had to perform a full format last night!
     
  17. Boogle

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    Aaaarghhh stop bringing back the memories! :waah:
     
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    he'd just root you again after you beat him up :D
     
  19. skybarge

    skybarge just chilling at work

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    Plus you'd get in trouble for beating up a 10 year old script kiddie most prob :) or someone with advanced autism
     
  20. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    If you need to check for this beasty being present....


    Lifted from MS Malware Protection Centre.

    Keyword there being CURRENTLY. As soon as this is known to the developers of this crap, then that will probably be "fixed".
     
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