Malicious Software(Malware), A Nuisance
Malware has been a threat to individuals and organizations since the beginning of the 1970s when the Creeper virus first appeared. Since then, our planet has been under fire from thousands of different malicious software(malware) variants, all with the intent of causing the foremost disruption and damage as possible. Malware does not physically damage the hardware.
Malware has found several methods of attack. They include email attachments, malicious advertisements on popular sites (malvertising), fake software installations, infected USB drives, infected apps, phishing emails, and even text messages.
Malware comprises of all types of malicious software, including viruses, and cybercriminals use it for many reasons, such as:
- For financial gain, where it leads to the user of the code to gain money through stealing, scamming, advertising, or ransoming
- For intellectual gain, which leads to the release of information (such as passwords, blackmail, or top-secret info) to the user of the malware or the public
- For someone to see their capabilities by watching how far their code can go