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Quiz: Nasties in the news

How much do you know about the creepy-crawlies that threaten to make the Net unsafe at any speed? Take our quiz to find out! Want to study up first? See our Learn IT: Malware .

1. It was recently discovered that this type of malware was installed as a component of digital rights management (DRM) software on Sony BMG CDs. What is it?
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2. This type of malicious, self-replicating coding recently spread through AOL's instant messaging application, installing even more malware as it went. What is it?
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3. This worm and its variants exploit a Windows buffer overflow vulnerability to gather personal and financial information. What is it?
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4. This term describes an attack that takes place the same day as the enabling vulnerability is made public. What is it?
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5. Ironic! The Washington post recently reported that crackers are increasingly targeting this, a type of software designed to... keep computers safe from crackers. What is it?
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6. An e-mail spoofing fraud attempt that targets a specific organization, seeking unauthorized access to confidential data is known as:
a. social engineering
b. dumpster diving
c. spear phishing
d. identity theft
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7. Social engineering is a completely automated, computer-generated method of tricking people into divulging passwords and other unwise behavior. True or false?
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8. __________ is a series of messages sent by someone attempting to break into a computer to learn which computer network services the computer provides.
a. port knocking
b. war dialing
c. port scan
d. shoulder surfing
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9. A vulnerability in Internet Explorer recently resulted in fully-patched systems being subject to this type of attack. What is it?
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10. This term describes programming that is designed to execute when certain events occur or when a certain amount of time passes before a specific event occurs. What is it?
a. logic bomb
b. worm
c. buffer overload
d. packet monkey
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