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NEWS - December 4, 2006

Inside Microsoft's Labs

By Larry Greenemeier

Dec 4, 2006 12:00 AM

It's not every day that Microsoft Research opens up about technologies still in its labs. Microsoft's R&D arm was launched in 1991 with 20 researchers and has grown to 700 employees worldwide. Rich Draves, an area manager, shared with Informa- tionWeek some of the most promising emerging security technologies on his team's workbench.

>> Ghostbuster At its Redmond, Wash., lab, Microsoft Research is developing technology for finding rootkits by using their own deceptive behavior against them. Known as Ghostbuster, it relies on analyzing and comparing system information at both a high level--from a Win32 API, for example--and a low level--such as the raw disk information. Any difference in the two views--for example, the low-level view indicating a file not present in the high-level view--makes a compelling case that a rootkit is trying to hide. Ghostbuster is likely to be developed as a standalone security tool rather than included as a feature within Windows.

More: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=196600677&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_Security

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A Russian hosting company with ties to the UK and the US has become the victim of a huge hack attack, a security firm warned today.

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