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“If you build it, they will come. So hold onto your hats now that the world Cisco router rootkit, reports a story from IDG News Service. Sebastian Muniz, a researcher with Core Security Technologies, developed the rootkit for Cisco’s Internetwork Operating System and will show it off on May 22 at the EuSecWest conference in London. Rootkits are stealth programs, extremely hard to detect. For the most part, they are aimed at Windows. They are typically used to capture desktops and servers for botnets, or to embed keylogging code or spyware. (Although, as the story points out, Sony BMG Music was perhaps the most notorious rootkit. The company built it for DRM, to stop unauthorized CD copying). Rootkits are a favorite of the financially motivated criminal hacker, experts say. But now a rootkit can be placed on a router. What kinds of use can such a thing accomplish? Will it be an easier way to gather multitudes of passwords stored in configuration files? No doubt now that rootkits have been proven for IOS, the world will soon find out. Hackers are nothing if not creative.”

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