Optiv Cybersecurity Dictionary

What is 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.


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