Introduction to Spyware Keyloggers

by Sachin Shetty
Sept. 25, 2017 1 comment Symantec Detection & Response

Spyware is a categorical term given to applications and software that log information about a user's online habits and report back to the software's creators. The effects of these programs range from unwanted pop-up ads and browser hijacking to more dangerous security breaches, which include the theft of personal information, keystroke logging, changing dialup ISP numbers to expensive toll numbers, and installing backdoors on a system that leave it open for hackers. Spyware usually gets into the computer through banner ad-based software where the user is enticed to install the software for free. Other sources of spyware include instant messaging, various peer-to-peer applications, popular download managers, online gaming, many porn/crack sites, and more. Note that most, but not all, spyware is targeted exclusively at Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser.

2flash 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Great 101 on Spyware Keyloggers. It is really interesting to start with this and then do a follow-up of their evolution up to 2017.