Like so many security threats, rootkits are getting more dangerous. But now this breed of malware has taken a big leap forward. Security researchers have identified a stealthy new rootkit that seems specifically (and skillfully) designed to avoid being detected by some of the more common rootkit detectors.
CNET has covered the new threat, which Symantec has dubbed "Backdoor.Rustock.A." Symantec employee Elia Florio wrote, "It can be considered the first born of the next generation of rootkits." He went on to call it "an advanced example of ‘stealth by design' malicious code."
Florio listed a number of reasons in the company blog "that Rustock.A is turning heads" - it's not what one would consider an encouraging compilation. "Rootkit detectors can detect hidden processes, but Rustock.A has no process," he stated.
Please discuss the implications of these advanced rootkits. Thanks.