- Computers. software that is installed surreptitiously and gathers information about an Internet user's browsing habits, intercepts the user's personal data, etc., transmitting this information to a third party: a parent's use of spyware to monitor a child's online activities.
- tools that are used to conduct espionage: The nation's sophisticated spyware rivals that of the CIA.
Origin of spyware
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Examples from the Web for spyware
But a bit of spyware injected into the activist movement may have been sent to do the trick.
They found that all the information captured by the spyware was sent to a remote server in Korea.
What they found was a piece of spyware siphoning data and creating audio files of voice calls.
At first, Stuxnet was thought to be spyware; its goal, industrial espionage.Cyber-Terror: The New Nukes?
September 27, 2010
- computing software installed via the internet on a computer without the user's knowledge and used to send information about the user to another computer
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Word Origin and History for spyware
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