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Microsoft scoops up rootkit finder Komoku

The start-up's rootkit detection technology will be added into Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare and Forefront security products.

Microsoft said Thursday that it is buying Komoku, a Maryland-based company that specializes in software to detect rootkits.

As my ZDNet colleague Larry Dignan (who was more on the ball on this) points out, the move gives Microsoft's security unit the Department of Defense as a customer, along with the Department of Homeland Security.

Microsoft said it will build Komuku's technology into future versions of both its Windows OneCare consumer security products as well as Forefront, its line of security software for businesses.

The Komuku name and independent product line will go away, Microsoft said, but most of the 4-year-old company's nine staffers are joining the software giant. Microsoft didn't announce financial terms of the deal, which closed on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley points out that Microsoft is moving forward with "Stirling," the next generation of its Forefront, which will add in further management capabilities.