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Privacy-Invasive Software in Filesharing
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2004 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
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Personal privacy is affected by the occurrence of adware and spyware in peer-topeer tools. In an experiment, we investigated five file-sharing tools and found that they all contained ad-/spyware programs, and, that these hidden components communicated with several servers on the Internet. Although there was no exchange of files by way of the file-sharing tools, they generated a significant amount of network traffic. Amongst the retrieved ad-/spyware components that communicated with the Internet, we discovered that privacy-invasive information such as, e.g., user data and Internet browsing history was transmitted. In effect, ad-/spyware activity in file-sharing tools creates serious problems not only to user privacy and security, but also to network and system performance. The increasing presence of hidden and bundled ad /spyware programs are therefore not beneficial for the development of a secure and stable use of the Internet.

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Toulouse, FRANCE: SPRINGER , 2004.
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Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-8687ISI: 000228265700022Local ID: 1-4020-8144-8OAI: diva2:836437
19th International Information Security Conference held at the 18th World
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2008-01-07 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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