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The Future of Malware

Stephen Trilling, Carey Nachenberg
EICAR Proceedings 1999 Edited by Urs E. Gattiker, Pia Pedersen and Karsten Petersen

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In this paper, we explore the current and potential future landscape of the malicious code problem. We first discuss each of the known types of malicious code threats (both viruses and Trojans) and attempt to assess their possible growth in the future. We also speculate on potential future malicious code threats. We then cover the various delivery mechanisms by which a user might receive each of these threats. Next, we discuss current and possible future payloads that could be delivered to users through each of these malicious mechanisms. Finally, we suggest a variety of possible technology options that could be used to combat each of these threats.

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