Analysing Countermeasures Against Privacy-Invasive Software

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Martin Boldt, Bengt Carlsson
Title: Analysing Countermeasures Against Privacy-Invasive Software
Conference name: International Conference on Software Engineering Advances, ICSEA'06
Year: 2006
Publisher: IEEE
City: Tahiti, French Polynesia
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Systems and Software Engineering (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för programvarusystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: User privacy is widely affected by the occurrence of privacy-invasive software (PIS) on the Internet. Various forms of countermeasures try to mitigate the negative effects caused by PIS. We use a computer forensic tool to evaluate an anti-spyware tool, with respect to found PIS over a four years period. Within the anti-spyware tool PIS was slowly identified, caused classification problems, and formely classified PIS were sometimes excluded. Background information on both PIS and countermeasure techniques are also presented, followed by discussions on legal disputes between developers of PIS and vendors of countermeasures. © 2006 IEEE.
Subject: Computer Science\General
Keywords: Privacy-invasive software (PIS), classification (of information)