Microsoft acquires rootkit specialist Komoku; DoD now a customer

Microsoft acquires rootkit specialist Komoku; DoD now a customer

Summary: Microsoft on Thursday acquired Komoku, which provides rootkit detection software, for an undisclosed sum. Komoku's technology will be added to Microsoft's enterprise-focused Forefront and Windows Live OneCare security software.

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Microsoft on Thursday acquired Komoku, which provides rootkit detection software, for an undisclosed sum. Komoku's technology will be added to Microsoft's enterprise-focused Forefront and Windows Live OneCare security software.

Komoku counts the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense as customers and gives Microsoft's anti-malware lineup a boost.

The startup was founded in 2004 and funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) with about $2.5 million. Komoku's technology trolls for any operating system abnormalities that could be tied to rootkits and collects forensic evidence.

Also see: Microsoft inches toward public beta of ‘Stirling’ security suite

The deal is a good one for Microsoft. In one swoop, Microsoft acquires some high profile security customers in the U.S. government.

William Arbaugh, an expert on rootkits and CTO at Komoku, said in a statement that the majority of Komoku's staff will join Microsoft's Access and Security Division. The company's product line will be absorbed into Microsoft.

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  • As if we didn't already have enough

    Rootkits, spyware, and Trojans from
    Microsoft.

    Maybe now they can perfect them so
    the "user" doesn't even know they're
    there.
    Ole Man
  • Couldn't just by Sony's rootkit tech, MS

    and I was just settling down with the comfort of Google probably buying a rootkit vendor after their DoubleClick purchase, which is almost as bad. Same ole times, man!
    Boot_Agnostic