Microsoft Smacks Patch-Blocking Rootkit Second Time

Monday May 24th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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The Alureon rootkit accounted for 18 percent of all malware infections in May.

InfoWorld: For the second month in a row, Microsoft has released a security patch designed to eliminate the Alureon rootkit, which prevents users from installing security updates. According to the company's May Threat Report, the rootkit accounted for 18 percent of all malware removed by the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT). That's double the percentage in April.

The Alureon rootkit was first identified in 2008.

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