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There has been a lot of buzz lately about TDSS, mainly due to the arrival last year of the latest variant, TDL4.
Given the discussion, it's worth taking time to understand the nature of this piece of malware and its security implications. First noticed in 2008, TDSS is malware with advanced rootkit capabilities. The infection takes control of the computer away from the owner by linking the infected system to other compromised computers.
This botnet is then controlled by the malware author for malicious purposes such as downloading data stealing Trojans, rogue anti-virus programs and ransomware.
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