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NEWS - November 11, 2006

Rootkit leaves false trail to 'accuse' Prevx of infections

Ericka Chickowski Nov 10 2006 23:21
In their latest move in a game of cat and mouse with security companies, the hackers that created Gromozon redesigned the malware over the last week to include pop-ups and other fake clues to trick the infected user into thinking UK-based Prevx is the source of infection.

Prevx has lead the fight against Gromozon since it began popping up on Italian users' systems in May. This complicated and nasty package of software relies on a rootkit to remain on infected systems and at the time was difficult to remove through traditional means, said Jacques Erasmus, director of malware research for Prevx.

"At that time there wasn't any tool to remove it, there was a long manual procedure that that didn't work very well most of the time," he said. "So we decided to spend some time to make a tool to remove it."


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