What is a rootkits?

A rootkit is a:

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  • Set of software tools
  • Used by a an intruder
  • Installed by an intruder after gaining access to a computer system
  • They hides:
  • Logins
  • Other processes
  • Files, and logs etc from user

Rootkits exist for a variety of operating systems such as Linux, Solaris and versions of Microsoft Windows. A computer with a rootkit on it is called a rooted computer.

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