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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
2003

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Abstract

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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