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==Description==
 
==Description==
  
The spyware is a program that captures statistic information from user´s computer and sends it over internet without user acceptance. This information is usually obtained from cookies and web browser’s history. The spyware can also install other software, display advertisement, or redirect the web browser activity.
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Spyware is a program that captures statistical information from a user's computer and sends it over internet without user acceptance. This information is usually obtained from cookies and the web browser’s history. Spyware can also install other software, display advertisements, or redirect the web browser activity.
A spyware differs from virus, worm and adware from various ways. The spyware does not self-replicate and distribute like virus and worm, and not necessarily displays advertisements like adware. The common characteristics between spyware and virus, worm, and adware are:
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Spyware differs from a virus, worm and adware in various ways. Spyware does not self-replicate and distribute itself like viruses and worms, and does not necessarily displays advertisements like adware. The common characteristics between spyware and viruses, worms, and adware are:
 
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# exploitation of the infected computer for commercial purposes
1. exploitation of infected computer for commercial purposes
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# the display, in some cases, of advertisements
 
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2. the display, in some cases, of advertisements
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==Risk Factors==
 
==Risk Factors==

Revision as of 07:06, 15 September 2008

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ASDR Table of Contents

Description

Spyware is a program that captures statistical information from a user's computer and sends it over internet without user acceptance. This information is usually obtained from cookies and the web browser’s history. Spyware can also install other software, display advertisements, or redirect the web browser activity. Spyware differs from a virus, worm and adware in various ways. Spyware does not self-replicate and distribute itself like viruses and worms, and does not necessarily displays advertisements like adware. The common characteristics between spyware and viruses, worms, and adware are:

  1. exploitation of the infected computer for commercial purposes
  2. the display, in some cases, of advertisements

Risk Factors

High

Some Spywares are very dificult to remove because they can hide they-selfs into Browser Cookies and Offline HTML Content in Temporary files.


Examples

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Figure 1. A lot of toolbars added by spyware, and some working as spyware


Related Threat Agents

Related Attacks

Related Vulnerabilities

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Related Controls

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References