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Malware Threats Triangle

Internet Threats Triangle

The theory behind the Malware Threats Triangle is that there are three primary Internet security risks classified as Malware: Spam, Viruses, and Spyware. The characteristics of each primary risk combine to form secondary risks (blended threats).

  • Spam + Viruses = Worms
  • Spam + Spyware = Phishing/Adware
  • Viruses + Spyware = Trojans/Zombies

Each three risk grouping is handled by a solution.

  • Antispam
    • Spam
    • Worms
    • Phishing
  • Antivirus
    • Viruses
    • Worms
    • Trojans
    • Zombies
  • Antispyware
    • Spyware
    • Adware
    • Trojans

Although phishing scams and adware share the same components of a blended threat, they are in fact polar opposites. Phishing uses spam to gather information about the user. Adware uses gathered information to spam the user with advertisements.

That is what Antisource is all about. Antivirus, Antispam, and Antispyware. These are the security threats that network administrators must deal with on a regular basis.

Last Updated Friday, November 12, 2004 View Printable Version

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