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Hacking Tools = Mal Ware?

2007-10-31 15:15:53.69426+00 by ebradway 1 comments

According to a Security Analyst (puppet!) at TrendMicro, via The Register:

"16% of all PCs are infected with hacking tools"

Such as Magical Jelly Bean's Keyfinder which simply implements scripts from Microsoft's Knowledge Base to retrieve your software product ID (which I just happened to use yesterday to retrieve the WinXP key from a machine I needed to wipe clean and reinstall). They also mention a PROCKILL tool that I sure would like to get my hands on. I long for a KILL -9 for Windows!

Like any software, the tool itself isn't the problem. If you get it from a reliable source, it's not likely to create a problem.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-31 17:17:58.910189+00 by: Dan Lyke

On the other hand, I wouldn't be surprised at all to find that way more than 16% of all Windows machines are infected with some sort of remote exploit tool. As I mentioned, those damned key loggers and other exploit toys pop up in all sorts of unexpected places, that particular instance was a version of Windows that, so far as I could tell, had never been attached to the internet and wasn't activated.