drive-by download

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drive-by download

n
(Computer Science) an incidence of an unwanted program being automatically downloaded to a computer, often without the user's knowledge
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Mac malware can spread via USB stick, email attachments, website download, or even a silent drive-by installation where the user doesn't realize their Mac's security has been subverted.
According to the paper, Cluley claimed 'Mac malware can spread via USB stick, email attachments, website download, or even a silent drive-by installation where the user doesn't realise their Mac's security has been subverted'.
However, threats to the desktop are not limited to simple viruses, but often come as a coordinated attack via drive-by installation of malware and spyware.