Glossary

The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

Rootkit

A rootkit is similar to a hack tool. An intruder uses a rootkit to gain administrator-level access to a computer. These tools are generally difficult to detect and are installed by cracking a password or through a known vulnerability.

Similar to a hack tool. An intruder uses this tool to gain administrator-level access to a computer. These tools are generally difficult to detect and are installed by cracking a password or through a known vulnerability to access a remote computer.