A taxonomy of computer worms

  title={A taxonomy of computer worms},
  author={N. Weaver and V. Paxson and Stuart Staniford-Chen and R. Cunningham},
  booktitle={WORM '03},
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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