What is an exploit?

An exploit is a piece of malware – in this case a rootkit - that takes advantage of a newly-announced or otherwise unpatched vulnerability. These vulnerabilities are most often found in operating systems, browsers, and other applications that routinely connect to the web, like media players and PDF readers.

Exploits can be hidden on any kind of web page – recent victims include Alicia Keys’ MySpace page and the Major League Baseball (MLB.com) site. They are usually delivered as a drive-by download which – as its name implies – happens invisibly, without your knowledge.

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