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spyware

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  Software that is secretly or surreptitiously installed into an information system to gather information on individuals or organizations without their knowledge; a type of malicious code.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4)
NIST SP 800-128 under Spyware (CNSSI 4009)
NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4 under Spyware

  Software that is secretly or surreptitiously installed onto an information system to gather information on individuals or organizations without their knowledge; a type of malicious code.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-82 Rev. 2 under Spyware (NIST SP 800-53)

  Malware intended to violate a user’s privacy.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-45 Version 2 under Spyware

  A program embedded within an application that collects information and periodically communicates back to its home site, unbeknownst to the user.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-28 Version 2 under Spyware

  Software that is secretly or surreptitiously installed into a system to gather information on individuals or organizations without their knowledge; a type of malicious code.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-12 Rev. 1 under Spyware (NIST SP 800-53)

  Malware specifically intended to violate a user’s privacy.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-69 under Spyware

  Software that is secretly or surreptitiously installed into an information system to gather information on individuals or organizations without their knowledge.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-18 Rev. 1 under Spyware