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A root compromise
|“||is similar to an account compromise, except that the account that has been compromised has special privileges on the system.||”|
The term root is derived from an account on UNIX systems that typically has unlimited, or "superuser", privileges. Intruders who succeed in a root compromise can do just about anything on the victim's system, including run their own programs, change how the system works, and hide traces of their intrusion."