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Malware definition & meaning

Malware stands for “Malicious Software” is an umbrella term that includes viruses, worms, Trojan viruses, spyware, adware, and ransomware. Malware is software created by cybercriminals with an aim to steal data and damage, invade, or destroy computers and computer systems. Each year, malware costs billions of dollars to organizations and end-users. The malware can be created to make money off victims, sabotage its ability to work properly, promote an ideology, or just for bragging. Malware is capable of stealing, encrypting, deleting data, hijacking various functions, or spying on computer activity.

Most malware is are looking for various ways to trick internet users to download the software. There is also some malware that looks actively for vulnerabilities in organizations’ networks to be able to infiltrate the system. Cybercriminals also working on custom-built state-sponsored malware that targets a specific facility or infrastructure.

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