[unisog] Is MS and Computerworld that nieve??

R. Scott Buchanan buchanan at cs.brandeis.edu
Fri Feb 18 13:28:49 GMT 2005

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On Thu, 17 Feb 2005, Bill Martin wrote:

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> RSA: Microsoft On 'Rootkits': Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
> Microsoft security researchers said that a new generation of
> system monitoring programs called rootkits could soon be used to create
> new mass-distributed spyware and worms.
> http://www.computerworld.com/newsletter/0,4902,99843,00.html?nlid=SEC2
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> I have not read the article, I just thought it was funny that they
> calssify "rootkits" new.  Even in the Windows world, NT Rookkit has been
> around for YEARS!!!

Reread that lede of the article. They're not saying "rootkits are a new
form of malware." They're saying "there is a new generation of the malware
referred to as 'rootkits' which are a major step forward in the features 
offered by malicious code." 

My chief quibble with the article is that the whole thing is similarly
imprecisely worded, and given the sort of suits who seem to rely on
Computerworld for all their breaking technology news, this seems like a 
bad call to me.

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