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What are the most common infection vectors for personal computers? [Resolved]

We have OWASP to tell us about common security vulnerabilities in webapps and such, but what are the most common infection vectors for personal computers?

A few example vectors:

  • Social engineering (trojans)
  • Browser exploits
  • Document / application exploits (e.g. PDF, Office, etc)
  • Remote code execution in OS services

I'm particularly interested in any academic papers, preferably relatively new (last 3-4 years), and any decent statistical analyses of attacks and infections.

If there's anything out there on the geographic distribution of these types of attacks, I'd be interested in that too.


Question Credit: Polynomial
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Asked September 10, 2019
Posted Under: Security
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