Privacy-Invasive Software in Filesharing
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Systems and Software Engineering2004 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Toulouse, FRANCE: SPRINGER , 2004.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:bth-8687ISI: 000228265700022Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo6B163079FDFC27FFC12573C9004F64A0ISBN: 1-4020-8144-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-8687DiVA: diva2:836437
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