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Computer Viruses and Other Malicious Software

A Threat to the Internet Economy

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Malware attacks are increasing both in frequency and sophistication, thus posing a serious threat to the Internet economy and to national security. This book is a first step toward addressing the threat of malware in a comprehensive, global manner. It informs readers about malware -- its growth, evolution and countermeasures to combat it;  presents new research into the economic incentives driving cyber-security decisions; and  makes specific suggestions on how the international community can better work together to address the problem.

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Malware Attacks: Why, When and How?

The numerous types of malware can be used separately or in combination to subvert the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information systems and networks. Likewise, a range of different attacks can be conducted to reach different goals, such as denying access to critical information systems, conducting espionage, extorting money (e.g. ransom), or stealing information (e.g. ID theft). Malware can also be used to compromise authenticity and non-repudiation, or conduct attacks on the Domain Name System (DNS).

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