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24 Aug 2006

Sophos expert discusses rootkits in latest podcast

Vanja Svajcer reveals what rootkits are, and how to protect against them

Vanja Svajcer describes what rootkits are, and how to protect against them
Vanja Svajcer describes what rootkits are, and how to protect against them.

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against computer threats, today announced that it has published a new podcast discussing the threats posed by rootkits.

Rootkits are software frequently used by third parties - usually a hacker - to hide other software and processes using advanced stealth techniques. Malicious code, such as spyware and keyloggers, can be invisibly cloaked from detection by conventional security products or the operating system making them hard to detect. Hackers use rootkit technology to maintain access to a compromised computer without the user's knowledge.

In the podcast, entitled "Rootkits: What you need to know", Vanja Svajcer, principal virus researcher at SophosLabs, is interviewed by Carole Theriault about how hackers use rootkit technology to try and hide their code from conventional anti-malware products.

The podcast follows the launch earlier this week of Sophos Anti-Rootkit, Sophos's new free-of-charge, standalone tool which offers comprehensive rootkit detection and removal capabilities.

"In a recent survey 55 percent of correspondents said that they worried about rootkits infecting their business. Vanja Svajcer helps explain the threat and how to counter it inside your business," explained Carole Theriault, host of the Sophos podcast. "Busy IT professionals, as well as computer users who want to learn more about security issues, can get themselves briefed on the rootkit threat by downloading this new security podcast from Sophos."

Simply click on the arrow above to stream the podcast about rootkits through your browser. Alternatively you can download it to your MP3 player.

All Sophos podcasts are available for download at

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at