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Definitions Edit

A drive-by download is:

A drive-by download

[o]ccurs when a user visits a malicious website or a legitimate website that has been compromised, involving malicious software designed to automatically run on the user's computer typically without requiring any additional user interaction.[1]

Overview Edit

A drive-by download may happen when a user visits a website, views an e-mail message or clicks on a deceptive pop-up window: the user clicks on the window in the mistaken belief that, for instance, it is an error report from his own computer or that it is an innocuous pop-up advertisement; in such a case, the "supplier" may claim that the user "consented" to the download, although the user was completely unaware of having initiated a malicious software download.

"The drive-by download attacks are almost exclusively launched through compromised legitimate websites which are used by attackers to host malicious links and actual malicious code."[2]

References Edit

  1. ACSC 2015 Threat Report, Glossary, at 26.
  2. ENISA Threat Landscape 2012: Responding to the Evolving Threat Environment, at 13.

See also Edit


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