Ant writes "Ars Technica says Panda Labs' first quarter 2008 malware report raises a new concern, though it comes from a surprising direction. According to the company, boot sector viruses loaded with rootkits are poised to make a comeback. This honestly sounds a bit odd, considering how long it has been since a boot virus has topped the malware charts, but it's at least theoretically possible (pdf). Such viruses have a simple method of operation. The virus copies itself into the Master Boot Record (MBR) of a hard drive, and rewrites the actual MBR data in a different section of the drive. The report also covers a number of other topics and makes predictions about the types of attacks computer users may see in the future. Forecasting these trends is always tricky."
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