Chapter 17. Secure Platforms

In The Matrix, Neo faces a choice: Should he take the blue pill and continue to live as he is, or should he take the red pill, which offers “the truth”?

Neo takes the red pill (otherwise, the film would be rather short) and discovers that his life to date has been lived as a “brain in a vat,” with every sensory input created by The Matrix, a vast computer infrastructure.

The Matrix provides a good analogy for what happens when a computer system is taken over by a rootkit. The rootkit allows the user to believe that he is working on a normal machine, but meanwhile, hidden in the depths of the machine, the rootkit is busy spying on the user’s every key click and mouse movement.

The current generation of rootkit technology ...

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