MALWARE HISTORY

MALWARE HISTORY – SPYWARE, ADWARE and PHISHING

Spyware applications are pieces of software that stealthily install and monitor users

SPYWARE

There is no clear border between spyware applications and Trojans, as such applications usually spread just like Trojans, and many times Trojans spy on the infected computers. Unlike computer viruses and worms, spyware applications do not auto-replicate, but they also exploit computers for commercial advantages. Spyware covers more that monitoring users

About the author

Bogdan BOTEZATU

Bogdan Botezatu is living his second childhood at Bitdefender as senior e-threat analyst. When he is not documenting sophisticated strains of malware or writing removal tools, he teaches extreme sports such as surfing the web without protection or rodeo with wild Trojan horses. He believes that most things in life can be beat with strong heuristics and that antimalware research is like working for a secret agency: you need to stay focused at all times, but you get all the glory when you catch the bad guys.

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