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Spam Zombies from Outer Space John Aycock and Nathan Friess

Summary: Spam Zombies from Outer Space
John Aycock and Nathan Friess
Department of Computer Science
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
TR 2006-808-01, January 2006
How can better email worms be created? How can spyware claim
more victims? How can better spam be sent? It turns out that these
three questions are all related. We look at the future threat posed by
email worms, spyware, and spammers that use zombie machines in a new
way: sophisticated data mining of their victims' saved email. The end
result skirts many defenses, and could trick even experienced users. We
present new defenses that can be deployed now against this threat.
1 Introduction
In both advertising and social engineering, the common goal is to convince a
targeted human to perform an action. The exact nature of the action varies with
the domain: email worm authors may try to have the target run an executable


Source: Aycock, John - Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences