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SpyWare!. Chuck Short CS522 – Fall 2006 Semester Project Presentation Professor: Dr. C. Edward Chow. Agenda. Define SpyWare Discuss methods used for spying Focus on passive tracking methods Demonstrate one passive method Discuss prevention Conclusions. SpyWare Definition.

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SpyWare!

Chuck Short

CS522 – Fall 2006

Semester Project Presentation

Professor: Dr. C. Edward Chow


Agenda

  • Define SpyWare

  • Discuss methods used for spying

  • Focus on passive tracking methods

  • Demonstrate one passive method

  • Discuss prevention

  • Conclusions


SpyWare Definition

  • SpyWare is a general term used to describe software that performs certain behaviors such as advertising, collecting personal information, or changing the configuration of your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent first.

    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/spywarewhat.mspx


SpyWare Categories

  • Advertising (Passive)

    • Capture browsing history

    • Capture buying habits

  • Surveillance (Active)

    • Key loggers

    • System Monitors


SpyWare Statistics

  • 90% of all internet connected machines are infected

  • ~28 SpyWare traces on each machine

  • 1/3 infected with surveillance SpyWare

  • 80% of infections were cookies


Passive Tracking Methods

  • Web Beacons

  • Cookies deposits


Web Beacons

  • Also know as

    • Web Bugs

    • Clear GIFs

  • Allows destination to log page hits

  • Can be used in conjunction with cookies


Cookie Fields


Web Beacon w/Cookie Example: spywareWebBeaconCookieDeposit.html

<html>

<head>

<title>Web Beacon Cookie Deposit Example</title>

</head>

<body>

<h1><b>Web Beacon Cookie Deposit Example:</b></h1>

<hr />

<img src="http://www.cs.uccs.edu/~cdshort/serverWebBeacon.php" alt="Picture" width="0" height ="0" border = "0" />

</body>

</html>


Server CodeserverWebBeacon.php

<?php

if (!(isset($_COOKIE["SpyCookie"]))){

setcookie("SpyCookie", "ISpyOnYou", time()+3600);

}

?>

<html>

<head>

<title>PHP Test</title>

</head>

<body>

<?php

$filename = 'cookieCapture.txt';

$today = date("D M j G:i:s T Y");

$Content = "SpyCookie" . " : " . "$_COOKIE[SpyCookie]" . " : " . "$today\r\n";

if($handle = fopen($filename, 'a')){

fwrite($handle, $Content);

fclose($handle);

}

?>

</body>

</html>


Cookie Capture File

[cdshort@windom public_html]$ cat cookieCapture.txt

SpyCookie : ISpyOnYou : Fri Dec 1 18:30:17 MST 2006

SpyCookie : ISpyOnYou : Fri Dec 1 18:30:38 MST 2006

[cdshort@windom public_html]$


Packet Capture


Conclusions

  • Browser settings can prevent cookie deposit

  • Be careful what you download

    • Don’t open the door willingly

  • The use of cookies is fundamental

    • The information provided is minimal


Questions?


References

  • http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.setcookie.php

  • http://cs.uccs.edu/~cs301/php/php.html

  • Tzu-Yen Wang, Shi-Jinn Horng, Ming-Yang Su, Chin-Hsiung Wu,Peng-Chu Wang and Wei-Zen Su. A Surveillance Spyware Detection System Based on Data Mining Methods. 2006 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation.

  • http://www.allaboutcookies.org/web-beacons/

  • Wes Ames, Understanding Spyware: Risk and Response, 2004 IEEE IT Pro

  • http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/spywarewhat.mspx

  • http://www.earthlink.net/about/press/pr_spyAudit/


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