SpyWare is a general term used to describe software that performs certain behaviors such as advertising, collecting personal information, or changing the configuration of your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent first.
90% of all internet connected machines are infected
~28 SpyWare traces on each machine
1/3 infected with surveillance SpyWare
80% of infections were cookies
Passive Tracking Methods
Also know as
Allows destination to log page hits
Can be used in conjunction with cookies
Cookie Fields Parameter Description Name The name of the cookie. Value The value of the cookie. Expire The time the cookie expires. This is a Unix timestamp so is in number of seconds since the epoch. In other words, you'll most likely set this with the time() function plus the number of seconds before you want it to expire. Path The path on the server in which the cookie will be available. Domain The domain in which the cookie is available Secure When set to TRUE , the cookie will only be set if a secure connection exists. The default is FALSE . httponly When TRUE the cookie will be made accessible only through the HTTP protocol. Not supported on all browsers
Web Beacon w/Cookie Example: spywareWebBeaconCookieDeposit.html
Tzu-Yen Wang, Shi-Jinn Horng, Ming-Yang Su, Chin-Hsiung Wu,Peng-Chu Wang and Wei-Zen Su. A Surveillance Spyware Detection System Based on Data Mining Methods. 2006 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation.
Wes Ames, Understanding Spyware: Risk and Response, 2004 IEEE IT Pro