Malware Development Life Cycle
How do we get Spyware
How Spyware operates
Man In Middle attack
From the early days of cracking passwords and stealing information from personal computers, to deadly Internet based attacks that can shake entire‚Äôs nation security, cyber crimes have evolved from the endeavors of entertainment by cyber kiddies to organized crimes and terrorist activities of cyber mafia. Virus Attacks, hacking, browser hijacks, spam, phishing and so on are various manifestations of malicious activities that have evolved on the internet in last couple of decades. Malware is one such tool that has emerged as a widely preferred choice to consummate criminal activities on the Internet.
Malware is new genre of hostile software, written in a high level language. Normally they target technical vulnerabilities in the system. Spyware, adware, Trojans, virus, worms are very common form of Malware prevalent on the Internet. It propagates through emails, IM and other web services. It can be categorized into criminal and business malware. Criminal malware is used in cyber terrorism and vandalism; while business malware is used for business/monetary benefits.
Spyware is a software program that collects personal information of the...
...Spyware: The New Technological Menace
Spyware was once a word that no one had ever heard of, but it has evolved into a very popular word used when talking about the computer world. The definition of spyware is very simple. It is a software program that infiltrates computer systems and transmits information either back to its original source, or causes destruction inside the computer. C. David Moll of Webroot Software defines it as a program with the, "ability to access a user's machine without informed consent for financial gain," (Johnson). Spyware does not have one specific function. It can be created and modified to perform the exact actions that the creator wants done. Spyware infections invade privacy, destroy computer's internal programs, and are very hard to get rid of or filter. Spyware has become more of an issue as time has progressed. Many programs have been created to stop or try to control it, but it still runs ramped throughout the wires of the internet. Even the government has gotten involved to help control ever growing problem. Something has got to be done, before everyone's personal information is access, and all privacy is lost.
Spyware had been titled the largest threat to the internet since spam. The scary thing is, unlike spam, spyware is not always visible to detect and able to be recognized. "Spyware appears to be a new...
...Law and Policy Case Stud
Project: Law and Policy Case Study
Policies define a set of rules and procedures that all employees must abide by. It exist, first and foremost, to inform employees of what is and is not acceptable behavior in the organization. Information security is there to make sure that all of the organization's data are safe and secure against attacks. It sets up protocols to follow in order to achieve maximum data integrity, availability, and confidentiality. Policy actually exist in two ways: Government policies and Organizational policies.¬†
According to British Columbia a book written in 2011 about information security, government policies are policies issued by federal, state, local, or tribal government and which provide a framework for government organizations to establish local policies and procedures necessary for the protection of information and technology assets (British Columbia, 2011). Then, come organization policies, which are written to guide an organization's compliance with laws, regulations, and policies. According to Canavan & Diver, Organizational securitypolicies should fulfill many purposes such as protect people and information; set the rules for expected behavior by users, system...
...Information SecurityPolicy Framework
Information SecurityPolicy Framework
Information SecurityPolicy Framework
For the healthcare industry it is important to have an Information SecurityPolicy Framework within the organization to protect information that is accessed across the network by staff personnel and patients. In accordance with ISO/IEC 27799:2008, we begin to define the guidelines to support the interpretation and implementation of healthcare information protection. ISO/IEC 27799:2008 references the basic controls and guidelines of ISO/IEC27002:2005 will provide the minimum protection necessary to meet organizational needs. Healthcare organizations that implement the security controls of the ISO will be able to provide the minimum security level necessary to maintain confidentiality, integrity, and availability of personal health care information.
Different organizations are required to be compliant with applicable local laws and federal regulations. For example, the healthcare industry is required to comply with requirements of HIPPA and the financial industry is responsible for FISMA and Sarbanes-Oxley Act. In order for you to show compliance you must be following all of the requirements of each regulation. The best method for doing that is to...
The Role of Information SecurityPolicy
Some of the biggest threats to information security occurred in 2003 Slammer, SoBig, and Blaster these three computer worms attacked public and private networks and spread across the globe disrupting computer services for millions of individuals and companies. These three malicious programs all functioned in differing manners each exploiting security flaws in the system. On average once the security vulnerability has been announced an exploit for that vulnerability will be created and distributed within six and a half days, and this number is only going to get smaller. Just a little over ten years ago, it took 6 months on average for a malicious program to be created based off discovered security flaws, the time between announcement and release is rapidly shrinking. Threats like the ones above, as well as threats from inside the company are what make having an effective well thought-out procedure in place to minimize risk from these threats and eliminate the miss-management of an attack or disaster. Over the past decade or so, the federal government has established many laws and regulations concerning information security such as the HIPPA Act in 1996, concerning the health care industry and the distribution of patient information; as well as the financial industry with the Sarbanes-Oxley...
16 September 2010
Today, people rely on computers to create, store, and manage critical information, many times via a home computer network. Information transmitted over networks has a higher degree security risk than information kept in a user‚Äôs home or company premises. Thus, it is crucial that they take measures to protect their computers and data from loss, damage, and misuse resulting from computer security risks. Antivirus programs are an effective way to protect a computer against viruses.
An antivirus program protects a computer against viruses by identifying and removing any computer viruses found in memory, on storage media, or on incoming files. When you purchase a new computer, it often includes antivirus software. Antivirus programs work by scanning for programs that attempt to modify the boot program, the operating system, and other programs that normally are read from but not modified. In addition, many antivirus programs automatically scan files downloaded from the Web, e-mail attachments, opened files, and all types, of removable media inserted in the computer (Karanos 201-205).
One technique that antivirus programs use to identify a virus is to look for virus is to look for virus signatures, or virus definitions, which are known specific patterns of virus code....
An antivirus program protects a computer against viruses by identifying and removing any computer viruses found in memory, on storage media, or on incoming files. When you purchase a new computer, it often includes antivirus software. Antivirus programs work by scanning for programs that attempt to modify the boot program, the operating system, and other programs that normally are read from but not modified.
In addition, many antivirus programs automatically scan files downloaded from the Web, e-mail attachments, opened files, and all types, of removable media inserted in the computer .
Early viruses were pieces of code attached to common program such a game or word processor. A user might download an infected game from a bulletin board and run it. A virus like this is a small piece of code in a larger program.
One technique that antivirus programs use to identify a virus is to look for virus signatures, or virus definitions, which are known specific patterns of virus code. According to Shelly and Cashman (Antivirus programs), many vendors of antivirus programs allow registered users to update virus signature files automatically from the Web at no cost for a specified time. Updating the antivirus program‚Äôs signature file regularly is important, because it will download any new virus definitions that have been added since the last updates....
...Anderson‚Äôs home laptop started to perform commands on its own, without Mr. Anderson‚Äôs input. An ad for Spy-Wiper appeared on his laptop warning him that if he wanted to protect his laptop he had to sign up for the program that would clear his system of any rogue software. When Mr. Anderson arrived at work the following day he discovered that his office computers displayed similar messages from Spy-Wiper. Spy-Wiper was using coercion tactics to intimidate users into signing up for their software, holding the user‚Äôs computer hostage until they complied. Spy-Wiper created the threat and supplied the solution.
Internet users have to adjust their web surfing and downloading tactics in order to avoid becoming victims of a spy-ware attack.
Spyware has quickly become the most prevalent threat to a computer system. Not too long ago the biggest threat to a computer system was a virus which is small computer program that copies itself from one computer to the next, with the intent of harming the computer system‚Äôs data and performance. The other major threat was spam which is seemingly not as catastrophic as a virus. Spam also known as unsolicited bulk email is when a company or person sends out the same email message to a large group of recipients indiscriminately.
Spy-ware is a program that is inadvertently installed on the user‚Äôs computer without their knowledge the program covertly obtains data from the computer and transmits it to another. Spy-ware can...