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Rootkits Get Better at Hiding

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CNet is running a story on the new Rustock/Mailbot.AZ malware making the rounds. The hiding methods used by Rustock are certainly a threat, but hardly anything new. If anything this is a good example of a piece of malware that amalgamates the different methods together.

Is anyone actually surprised this happened? Is Greg Hoglund going to pop a vein when he sees CNet headlining Rootkits == Malware?