Malware Home Cybersecurity Dictionary Malware Malware (short for “malicious software”) describes any software developed for the purpose of infiltrating, damaging, disabling or seizing control of computers, computer systems, mobile devices and networks. Malware is introduced to the hardware device via several techniques, including viruses, Trojan horses, spyware and ransomware. Once implanted the malware executes in a variety of ways inimical to the targeted system’s owners. The motivation behind malware attacks is frequently, but not always, financial. Related TermsRansomwareTTPs - Tactics, Techniques, and ProceduresAPT - Advanced Persistent Threats Share: Seeking Clarity? View the Cybersecurity Dictionary for top terms searched by your peers. Back to the Dictionary RELATED INSIGHTS DOWNLOAD October 22, 2018 PCI Compliance Does Not Always Equal Security Learn how a risk-centric approach can be applied to each PCI requirement. See Details Read more about PCI Compliance Does Not Always Equal Security BLOG October 29, 2018 Leveraging Risk Strategy to Move Beyond Check-Box PCI Compliance Merchants often put compliance spending at the top of their list for budgeting purposes because the consequences of non-compliance can be expensive. F... See Details Read more about Leveraging Risk Strategy to Move Beyond Check-Box PCI Compliance DOWNLOAD July 31, 2017 PCI Services Learn how Optiv can help you plan, build and run your PCI compliance program. See Details Read more about PCI Services How Can We Help? Let us know what you need, and we will have an Optiv professional contact you shortly.