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A Taxonomy of Computer Worms

Nicholas Weaver, Vern Paxson, Stuart Staniford, Robert Cunningham
Proceedings of the 2003 ACM Workshop on Rapid Malcode (WORM), 2003. pp.11-18
ISBN 1-58113-785-0

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To understand the threat posed by computer worms, it is necessary to understand the classes of worms, the attackers who may employ them, and the potential payloads. This paper describes a preliminary taxonomy based on worm target discovery and selection strategies, worm carrier mechanisms, worm activation, possible payloads, and plausible attackers who would employ a worm.

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