Vulnerabilities / Threats

11/9/2018
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What You Should Know About Grayware (and What to Do About It)

Grayware is a tricky security problem, but there are steps you can take to defend your organization when you recognize the risk.
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Grayware May Collect Sensitive Information
Grayware may well perform legitimate tasks, but there's a price to be paid, often in terms of the information the software captures as it's doing its jobs. Not every case is as obvious as the Persian Stalker Telegram grayware identified by Cisco Talos, but the information gathered can take a number of forms.
Some grayware can gather information openly within its application code, and the odds are good that your users have agreed to the action. All you (and they) have to do is read paragraph 321, subsection c, of the license agreement, and it's right there. Other grayware may leave tracking cookies sprinkled about, use single-pixel embeds, or simply forget to mention the keylogger they carry with them. In any of these examples, though, sensitive information is leaving the organization without permission - and that's a problem.
(Image: Free-Photos VIA Pixabay)

Grayware May Collect Sensitive Information

Grayware may well perform legitimate tasks, but there's a price to be paid, often in terms of the information the software captures as it's doing its jobs. Not every case is as obvious as the Persian Stalker Telegram grayware identified by Cisco Talos, but the information gathered can take a number of forms.

Some grayware can gather information openly within its application code, and the odds are good that your users have agreed to the action. All you (and they) have to do is read paragraph 321, subsection c, of the license agreement, and it's right there. Other grayware may leave tracking cookies sprinkled about, use single-pixel embeds, or simply forget to mention the keylogger they carry with them. In any of these examples, though, sensitive information is leaving the organization without permission and that's a problem.

(Image: Free-Photos VIA Pixabay)

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