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CyberSim: Geographic, Temporal, and Organizational Dynamics of Malware Propagation

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Executive Summary

The combined real cost incurred by individuals, small businesses and large industries as a result of malware infecting otherwise productive computer networks is often hard to estimate. The actual loss in productivity, perceived lack in consumer confidence due to explicit loss of privacy, irreplaceable loss of data, loss in hardware efficiency because of the malware running in the background, costs associated with installing and maintaining anti-malware systems are all prominent factors. The actual extent and nature of malware infections on a large scale computer network is decided by the specific software vulnerabilities which are exploited by a particular piece of malicious software.

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