SpySaver: Using Incentives to Address Spyware

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Executive Summary

This paper presents SpySaver - a novel anti-spyware approach that reduces the incentive to deploy spyware. The approach does not prevent spyware installations, nor does it recover from them. Instead, SpySaver decreases the value of the information spyware collects by creating counterfeit information. Goal is to generate enough counterfeit information to devalue the information gathered by spyware to the point that eliminates the incentive to collect it in the first place. This paper, presents approach and an initial design of a tool that produces realistic counterfeit information about the browsing patterns of Web users.

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