Trends of Spyware, Viruses and Exploits
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Overview: This paper surveys spyware, viruses and utilize collectively called malware. The first section discusses the objectives of malware. The second section addresses its composition and distribution mechanisms. Mitigation is addressed in the third section, and fourth section addresses the relationship between usability and risk mitigation. This portion of the paper addresses the objectives of spyware, viruses and exploits. The paper takes the approach of first enumerating the objectives, with some historical background and illustrates taxonomy as put forth by a leading AV publisher.