A Thesis Of The Nature Of Adware In Practice

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Notok, Apr 7, 2006.

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  1. Notok

    Notok Registered Member

    May 28, 2004
    Portland, OR (USA)
    This 39 page PDF by SANS gives a very good definition of many types of malware (not just adware), how they spread, and the underlying technical problems faced by the security community. It makes for a very good read, especially if you have any questions or uncertainties regarding the subject.
  2. Rmus

    Rmus Exploit Analyst

    Mar 16, 2005
    Interesting paper - academic fulfillment for his certification. (I glanced at the first few pages)

    For myself, I would never dignify the work of scumbugs by raising it to the level of academic importance.

    When I help someone set up a system and learn good computing habits, I never use terms like spyware, adware. Giving importance to those terms and their differences is useful for marketing and nothing more.

    I know to avoid rotten food but I've never learned the names of the various bacteria involved.
  3. eyes-open

    eyes-open Registered Member

    May 13, 2005
    It seemed fine. There's nothing new here (even this report is a year old) - but the information is accessible.

    I don't get any feeling of admiration for the malware producers (that would be the party of the first party, hereafter known by Rmus as "scumbags" hehe ... ;) ). Only a recognition that they are becoming increasingly practised, while those we would look to for technical & legal remedies, don't appear to be able to co-ordinate nearly well enough.

    There are also a couple of copy & pastes from interesting sources in there, which add to the picture he's painting of the ongoing battle for the control of our systems.
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  4. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Thanks for the link. As a total newbie in malware, I can learn something from that Thesis ... after translating 39 pages ;)
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