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Florida leads in Sony Rootkit infections….

According to the securityfix, Florida leads the nation in the number of networks with signs of computers infested with the sony rootkit. In total, 12,588 networks in Florida seem to have computers with the rootkit. Now, these numbers could reflect as few as one machine per network….


or as many as tens, hundreds or even thousands of pc’s per network affected. This gives a good idea of the scale that this sony rootkit problem is. As I recall, the technique he’s using is checking with DNS servers to see if they’ve got cached requests for a domain that the sony rootkit is known (uniquely) to communicate with. If the dns server for a network has a cached request for that name, then at least one machine in the network has requested it and therefore LIKELY has the sony rootkit.

So, if there’s an average of 100 computers per affected network in Florida, that’s a mere 1,258,800 computers in Florida alone affected by the Sony rootkit. Hopefully the average is less than that, but there’s no good way to figure that.

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Posted by on January 15, 2006.

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