Saturday, October 2, 2010

Project Summary : Spyware and Keyloggers

Our (Nikhil Nagpal, Anmol and mine) project covered the basics of spyware, keyloggers, cookies and phishing and how they all worked.
Spyware is malware that is installed on a computer without the knowledge of the user and which monitors the user's activities while using the computer.
Keylogger is software or hardware that keeps a log of all your keystrokes.
Cookies are biscuits text files that are stored by websites on your system. They contain info about what you did while on that website.
Phishing is a type of identity theft where users are fooled into surrendering personal data like passwords or bank account details.

We gave a demonstration of a keylogging software and phishing. The demos were a little botched because we were running out of time. Still, we thankfully managed to finish within the 20mins. It had earlier seemed like we wouldn't be able to.

Shayan asked a particularly nasty question, to which I had no answer at that point - What are the extensions of keylogger log files?
I did a bit of Googling right now. Log files have the extension ".log" :)